Man Charged With Child Molestation

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

"Any crime against a child is a terrible thing," said Jackson County Prosecutor Henry Zavislak."

Zavislak and his office have charged 42 year old Timothy Hines of Blackman Township with sexually abusing a child younger than 13. The Jackson County Prosecutor believes it wasn't an isolated incident.

"We have reasonable suspicion that there may be multiple victims."

Hines was arrested Sunday after parents reported he molested their child.

"A lot of the contact came potentially through the neighborhood," said Det. Christopher Boulter of Blackman Township Public Safety. "Additional contact could have been made by neighborhood children bringing their friends to his house as well."

Hines lived in a quiet neighborhood just north of Jackson. Neighbors say he kept to himself and when they heard the news on Sunday, they were both shocked and disgusted.

One of them Randy Belden, who claims Hines molested his six year old autistic daughter.

"I don't care if it's a relative of mine or someone i don't know," he said. "Everytime i hear it in the news it makes me sick. I don't think I've ever been this angry my entire life about anything."

Some are relieved their children were never alone with Hines, even though they had been to his house.

"I just moved here a year ago," said father of three John Vanderpool. "I didn't know anything about the guy. My kids had been over there to play. If i had known that i never would have let my kids go over there."

Other neighbors tell us Hines was accused of sexual abuse around eight years ago and that's why they kept they're children away from his home.

"I don't let my kids go over there," said neighbor Douglas Romain. "They're not allowed in his yard."

"You have to make sure you know what he's doing to make sure your kids are safe," echoed parent Shelly Stephenson.

Now that Hines is in jail, those neighbors say it's the first time they've felt safe in years.


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