MERRILLVILLE | A 21-year-old Gary man is accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl while watching a movie with her Saturday.
Kevin Byrd admitted to police that he kissed the girl's buttocks and genitals at an apartment in the 5700 block of Grant Street, Merrillville police Detective Sgt. Bob Morgan said Monday.
Byrd was charged with child molesting in Lake Criminal Court and was in the Lake County Jail as of Monday afternoon, Morgan said.
The fiance of the alleged victim's mother said he was in his bedroom while Byrd, a friend of the fiance, was in the living room with the girl, police said.
The fiance was walking to the bathroom when he saw the girl's pants were down and Byrd's face was near her buttocks, court records state.
The fiance immediately told Byrd to leave and called police, according to police reports.
Byrd told police the girl attempted to place his hand on her buttocks multiple times while they were watching a movie, but he pulled away, police said.
He told police he kissed the girl's buttocks and genitals after she pulled her pants down and asked him to lick her, according to police reports.