BANGOR – An Otis family protests outside the Penobscot County District Attorney’s office.
They claim a 4-year-old child was molested by another family member and that the D.A. refuses to prosecute the case. The family says the girl has described to them what happened.
They say the Department of Health and Human Service has conducted an investigation where officials determined the abuse did in fact take place.
“4 year old children don’t make this stuff up. There’s no way for them to, unless someone showed them or something happens to them. But even then you don’t make that stuff up when you’re four years old. She told a therapist about it. She’s in therapy once a week now and the therapist said it happened.” Robin Dietrich, Father of Alleged Victim
District Attorney Christopher Almy says there isn’t enough evidence in the case. He also says DHHS did not substantiate the allegations of abuse despite what the family is saying. Almy adds, that the family is involved in a custody dispute.
“I’m not saying the child is telling a falsehood and we don’t know for sure. But I cant put the state of Maine’s reputation on the line, going into court with something where we may be accusing someone of something falsely.” R. Christopher Almy, Penobscot County District Attorney
Almy says these type of cases are difficult to prosecute. He adds there is no physical evidence to back up the allegations.