Charles Sadler of Columbus, Ohio, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 3-year-old girl on Aug. 5.
The incident is said to have taken place inside an abandoned garage in Columbus, and was reported by an anonymous woman who was passing by, reports the Daily Mail.
The woman was driving by when she witnessed the accused committing the rape, at which point she called 911, despite the fact that she speaks very little English, according to KTLA.
She then followed the suspect for several blocks until police arrived and arrested him.
According to the girl’s mother, she was being babysat by family friends, one of whom was apparently Sadler, who was considered an “uncle” to the child, she said in a Facebook post.
When questioned, Sadler’s family told WSYX they thought he was “passed out drunk somewhere,” unaware that he was with the little girl in the garage, as alleged. The mother claims that Sadler was obsessed with her daughter, and denounced the friends who were supposed to be supervising her.
After being taken to the hospital by emergency personnel, the victim gave testimony to investigators, her mother said.
“The unthinkable became reality to us!” the victim's mother exclaimed in her Facebook post.
Sadler, 34, is being held in the Franklin County Jail on $200,000 bond and is scheduled to return to court Aug. 15.
According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, “The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported; experts agree that the incidence is far greater than what is reported to authorities.”
A 2003 National Institute of Justice report, cited by the organization, indicates that 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well.
The same report says that children who are sexually abused for a prolonged period develop low self-esteem and an abnormal view of sex, and can ultimately become suicidal.
Children who live in “homes marked by parental discord, divorce, or domestic violence, have a higher risk of being sexually abused,” the report adds.