National TV Appearance Leads To Man's Child Molestation Charges

| by Jared Keever

Police have arrested and charged a Missouri man with sexually abusing three children after the man failed a lie detector test on the national daytime talk show, “The Steve Wilkos Show.”

Dameion McBride, 22, of Kansas City, has been charged with two counts of child molestation and one count of statutory sodomy, WDAF News reported. 

According to court documents obtained by WDAF, McBride is accused of molesting a 3-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl and an 8-year-old girl. The incidents are believed to have occurred between Jan. 1 and Feb. 22 of this year. 

The mother of the children reportedly went to police with allegations of abuse on Feb. 23 after taking at least one of her children to the hospital. WDAF gives no indication what came of those allegations. 

The mother of the children, who was not identified by WDAF, confronted McBride with the allegations on “The Steve Wilkos Show” in May. Footage from that show, available on YouTube, indicates McBride is the woman’s cousin. 

On the show, McBride took and failed a lie detector test when asked if the allegations against him were true. 

The mother reported the failed test and the television show appearance to authorities on June 30, according to WDAF. 

Investigators subsequently investigated McBride who said he had gone on “The Steve Wilkos Show” to clear his name but failed the lie detector test. He initially denied having touched any of the alleged victims. 

Upon further questioning though, he admitted to having touched the two female children inappropriately while he was baby-sitting them, according to WDAF. He would not admit to touching the 3-year-old boy, however.

McBride’s arrest is not the first to follow an appearance on “The Steve Wilkos Show.”

Wilkos, according to the bio on his show’s website, rose to fame as chief of security for “The Jerry Springer Show.” He was given his own show in 2007 where he routinely confronts those accused of various forms abuse. The show offers lie detector tests as an opportunity for the accused to clear their names. 

Last year, a Flagler County, Florida, man was convicted on two counts of sexual battery against a child. Two years prior to the conviction, Shaun Whitt appeared on Wilkos’ show and was confronted by his victim’s mother. He initially agreed to take a polygraph test on the show but later declined to answer questions about the 11-year-old girl he was accused of raping. 

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office both told The Daytona Beach News-Journal they were aware of Whitt’s television appearance but it had no effect on the criminal investigation. 

Sources: WDAF News, YouTube, Steve Wilkos Show, The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Photo Credit: Police photo via WDAF News