Disturbing news out of Troy on Friday as a man, 60, was arrested after police said he sexually abused a nine-year-old. YNN's Karen Tararache has more on the arrest and fears from police, who said there might be other victims out there.
TROY, N.Y. -- "On December 1, a 9-year-old disclosed to her family that she while in the presence of Frances Sousis, she was sexually abused by him," Captain John Cooney said.
An investigation by the Troy Police Department led to Friday's arrest of Frances Sousis, 60, of Troy. He is charged with sexual assault in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child.
"The defendant in this case is certainly known to us as somebody who grooms his victims, he gains their trust, he becomes more of a friend than a caretaker," Cooney said.
Forensic interviewers trained to deal with child abuse cases determined that the young victim had been suffering quietly for some time.
"The defendant did make admissions relative to the assault that we were investigating and gave us indicators that there may be other victims out there."
Sousis has a prior for another sexual abuse case that he served time for. Now police are urging parents who to think twice before trusting your child to the care of people you think you may know.
"It's important for parents to realize their comfort level with the individual is an adult to an adult level," Cooney said. "Bringing a child into the environment allowing that person alone time with the child whether it be watching TV in the other room or going on a short trip, that's where we see the abuse happen."
Reminding everyone that no matter how uncomfortable the topic of sexual abuse is, the conversation needs to take place.
"Not only are we asking parents who know their children may have been exposed to the defendant to raise the issue but we're also making the offer for them to call us first. We'll hook them up with professionals with people who will tell them how to broach this delicate subject," Cooney said.
Contact Troy Police
Captain Cooney is asking anyone that may have come into contact with Frances Sousis or suspects their child was a victim of sexual abuse to come forward:
Call the Troy Police Department at (518) 270-4426
or the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program at (518) 271-3445