A suspected child abuser has been arrested after a youngster was found to be suffering from a sexually-transmitted infection.
The underage victim was diagnosed and treated for the condition after seeking medical help, and police launched an investigation leading to the arrest of Justin Brock, 32, of Comanche County, Oklahoma.
His alleged victim, whose age, gender and relationship to Brock have not been revealed, was interviewed by detectives from the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation and Cache Police Department and is said to have revealed details of the abuse.
Brock has been charged with lewd acts with a minor although he could face additional charges, according to Comanche County Sheriff’s Office.
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He is being held in jail ahead of his next court appearance, the PoncaCityNow website reports.
In the United States, details of convicted sex offenders are freely available and statistics show Oklahoma City has 1,110 registered sex offenders – one in 575 residents.
Police websites list details of offenders including their pictures, names, offences and addresses.
Here in the UK, parents or carers concerned if someone with access to their son or daughter has been convicted or suspected of child abuse can ask for information from their local police under what is known as "Sarah’s Law".
Officers will look into the background of individuals and reveal details confidentially if they think it is in the child's interests.
The law was introduced following the murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne in West Sussex in 2000 by convicted sex offender Roy Whiting who was subsequently jailed for life.
In the UK, if you suspect a child is being abused, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000, Stop It Now on 0808 1000 900, the social care team at your local council or the police on either 101 or 999 if the child is in imminent danger.
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