A man who previously served time for child molestation is back behind bars facing two new accusations involving young family members.
William Temple, 44, is now accused of molesting 4- and 7-year-old girls. He was convicted of child molestation in 1983 and served nine years in prison. He was arrested July 2 on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender but was released because of jail overcrowding, police said.
Temple was caught at about 12:45 a.m. Thursday after family members called police to a home in the 700 block of East Minnesota Street, 6News' Linda Allen reported.
Police said residents and members of his family surrounded and detained Temple until officers got there. Authorities said one relative punched Temple to keep him from getting away.
Neighbors said they were awakened when Temple ran down the street as two men chased him. Neighbors got involved in the chase when they were told that Temple was a child molester.
"He had cuts and scrapes all over him. At one point in time, he had been pinned between a fence and a car," said resident Stacy Haynes, who said she was involved in the capture. "They were trying to really kill the guy."
Temple's sister, Brenda Schultz, told 6News that Temple molested her granddaughter, the 4-year-old.
"We were just doing everything we could to find him," Schultz said. "I told people that I think I know where he might be at. I was right."
Schultz said another family member lives in the neighborhood where he was caught.
Police interviewed the girls on Thursday morning and told 6News that they obtained very useful information from those interviews and will have a solid case to present to the prosecutor. Temple is being held in the Marion County Jail.
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