Southaven man charged with child sexual abuse

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — Police in Southaven have charged a man with inappropriately touching a child in his home.

Richard Dewayne Marsee is currently in the DeSoto County jail.

Marsee wouldn’t talk, but it was a different story at his home.

”Nothing happened! And the lawyer told us to say no comment,” someone at the home said.

The woman wouldn’t identify herself and threatened to call the cops on us, but she claimed nobody ever molested a child at the home daycare in a nicely-manicured Southaven subdivision.

But Southaven police say different.

An affidavit says the abuse could date back to December of 2012.

Officers arrested Marsee on charges of child sexual abuse based on a complaint from Mississippi’s Department of Human Services.

”We started investigating as of this week [with] our detectives [working] with DHS and the District Attorney’s office. As a result of that investigation we made the arrest of Mr. Marsee for one count of felony touching, fondling or handling of a minor child,” said Southaven Police Chief Tom Long, who added DHS removed two children from the house.

Now his detectives want to talk to anyone who ever dropped a child off at the Marsee house.

”We’re trying to get as much information, talk to as many parents that might have had children in that location and anyone who might know about that particular situation,” said Long.

Chief Long says Marsee didn’t have a Southaven business license, so it was apparently an unlicensed daycare.

Parents picking up their children at the home say they were shocked to learn about the charges. One said she had no idea of anything wrong at the Marsee home.

 

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