MUNCIE, Ind. - Two men face felony charges of child molesting after a young victim came forward after attending a class about inappropriate touching.
Chad Edward Gordon, 28, and Michael Manship, 41, each face felony charges of child molesting for allegedly assaulting the same victim at different times in different locations, police said.
"The little girl, she was an 8-year-old and she disclosed about two trusted adults in her life that had touched her inappropriately and done some inappropriate things with her," Muncie Police Department Sgt. Jimmy Gibson said.
The allegations came to light last month at Grissom Memorial Elementary School after school administrators put on a Body Safety Program that made students aware of inappropriate contact with other students and adults.
The 8-year-old child approached counselors with her story almost immediately after the program ended.
Some parents had heard of the Body Safety Program, but were unaware of the arrests.
"To be honest, I think it's a good idea. They need to know what's wrong and what's right," one parent said.
"It needs to be taught. Young kids coming up, they need to be led and guided in the right way," another parent said.
According to Muncie police, Gordon has denied the allegations, while Manship has admitted to "inappropriate touching."
The Body Safety Program was developed by retired Indianapolis police officer Terry Hall who spent seven years as a sex crime investigator. He said the Body Safety Program empowers children to say no while teaching them that their body parts belong to them.
"We do forensic interviews with our victims. And a lot of times, the details they provide, they don't make them up. You can tell it’s happened to them. It's something that children that age would not pick up on," Gibson said.
Both suspects were served with court orders to stay away from the alleged victim.
Manship, who faces up to eight years in prison, is free on bond. Gordon, who faces up to 50 years in prison, remains in the Delaware County Jail as he awaits a court appearance Wednesday morning.
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