Two men charged with molesting 13-year-old Lowell girl

2014-06-24T17:02:00Z 2014-06-25T11:30:12Z Two men charged with molesting 13-year-old Lowell girlDiane Poulton Times Correspondent
June 24, 2014 5:02 pm  • 

LOWELL | Two 19-year-old men are charged with handcuffing and molesting a 13-year-old Lowell girl.

Jacob Michael Griffin and Austin Dallas Williams, both of Lowell, each face a maximum sentence of 16 years in prison if they are convicted of felony child molesting, criminal confinement and sexual battery and misdemeanor battery — all charges they face in Lake Criminal Court.

Lowell Assistant Police Chief James Woestman said both men were being held without bond Tuesday in the Lake County Jail.

The charges resulted from a June 10 incident in the 1600 block of Heritage Drive, Woestman said.

According to court documents, the girl was at a female babysitter’s apartment when the molestation occurred.

During an interview at the Lake County Sheriff’s Special Victims’ Unit, the girl told police that she, the former babysitter, Griffin and Williams were throwing plastic balls at each other, court records state.

The victim alleged Williams became upset when she accidentally hit him in his private area with one of the balls.

The girl said Williams picked her up, threw her to the ground, then pulled down her pants and underwear, court records state. The victim said she yelled for him to stop and for the others to intervene.

The girl alleged Williams asked Griffin to get handcuffs. While the others were out of the room, she said Williams improperly touched her, court records state.

Both men allegedly handcuffed the girl's hands behind her back, she said. As they did this, she was able to free one hand and pull up her underwear, court records state.

Williams then touched the victim improperly again, and then the suspects pulled her shirt over her head so she couldn’t see, court records allege. The girl said Williams began grabbing her breasts at which time the former babysitter intervened.

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