A Norwalk man was arrested on a rape charge late Tuesday night in connection with having sexual contact with four young girls for at least the past four years.
“We received a report that improper sexual contact or conduct had taken place,” Huron County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said Wednesday.
“Detective Kayla Zander and Deputy Rich Larson were assigned the case and worked 24 straight hours on it,” Querin said. “Kayla and Rich worked on this case non-stop.”
Arrested was Justin Collins, 19, of 37 Jefferson St.
Collins currently is being held at the Huron County Jail, where he was originally interviewed.
His bond on the rape charge was set at $100,000 Wednesday in Norwalk Municipal Court. The rape charge is a first-degree felony, punishable by three to 11 years in prison.
Collins also faces six to 18 months behind bars on one count of unlawful conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony. The bond was set at $25,000 on that charge. The defendant is prohibited from having any association with anyone under the age of 18.
Preliminary hearings for both these charges have been set for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1 in municipal court.
“The original complaint came to us from a Gibbs Road location,” Querin said. “That’s where the investigation started.”
Querin said an 11-year-old Medusa Road boy also made admissions to having improper sexual contact with the four potential victims during the past four years.
The boy hasn’t been charged, but his case has been forwarded to Huron County Juvenile Court and the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office for the review of charges. He was released to a family member.
“Children’s Services is also assisting on the case,” Querin said.
The victims’ ages are 13, 10, 8 and 6, the detective said.
“Both individuals made admissions they’ve had sexual intercourse with three of the four girls,” Querin said. “These acts occurred at various locations around Huron County. It was not always at one place.”
Sheriff Dane Howard and Querin gave credit to Zander and Larson for their work on the case.
“I’m very proud of the work Kayla Zander and Rich Larson did on this investigation,” Howard said.