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Rehoboth man, 49, charged with molesting boy

By Melissa Steele | Jun 05, 2013
Source: Delaware State Police James E. O'Connor

Delaware State Police arrested a Rehoboth Beach man June 4 after police say he molested a boy he was babysitting.

James E. O'Connor, 49, was babysitting a 9-year-old boy May 18 while the boy's mom was working, said Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

O'Connor and the boy were watching a movie in the bedroom of O'Connor's home in the 19000 block of Center Avenue in Sea Air Mobile Home Park when O'Connor touched the boy inappropriately, Fournier said.

The boy told his mother and she notified police.

O'Connor turned himself in to police on June 4; he was charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust and he was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $20,000 cash bond.

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