71-Year-old Surprise man accused of molesting girl

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

Surprise, Ariz. -- A Surprise man was arrested Monday after police say he molested and sexually abused an 8-year-old girl.

According to court documents, James Shrum, 71, touched the girl inappropriately several times while sitting on the couch watching television and while sitting on his lap. 

The documents also said the victim described different occasions when he would touch her while riding together on an ATV quad.

The parents filed a report on January 31.  Officers then did a forensic interview with the victim.

Officers tried to pick up Shrum, but were unsuccessful. His attorney contacted police and Shrum then surrendered Monday.

He has no prior convictions.

Shrum faces 2 counts of molestation of a child, and 1 count of sexual abuse.