Man accused of molesting girlfriend's daughter, mother arrested for not reporting crimesPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man is facing numerous criminal charges for allegedly molesting his live-in girlfriend’s 7-year-old daughter.
Phoenix Police said that between approximately July 15 and September 27 Jeffrey Salter, 32, committed at least 45 counts of sexual conduct with a minor, and at least 20 counts of molestation of a child.
When the mother first moved in with Salter he told her that he had a history of molesting young girls. The mother still allowed her daughter to move in in July.
One night prior to school starting, Salter laid down next to the girl and reportedly touched her genitals.
The girl told her mom about the incident, and the three talked about what happened. The mother later told police that she didn’t report Salter because she was afraid that she and her daughter would no longer have a place to live.
On Thursday, the daughter told officials at her school about Salter’s behavior. The school then contacted police.
While speaking with police, Salter reportedly admitted to several sexual encounters with the girl. He also confessed to other incidents involving other children.
Salter told police that he knew what he was doing was wrong, but added that he has a problem and doesn’t know if he will ever be able to stop touching young girls.
The mother is also facing criminal charges for failing to report Salter’s behavior.
3TV is not reporting the name of the mother in order to protect the identity of the child.