Moving company worker fondled, photographed Houston girl, 5, during job, police say
(CBS) HOUSTON - Prosecutors accuse moving company worker Justin Summers of fondling and photographing the 5-year-old daughter of a couple he was helping to move, CBS affiliate KHOU reports.
Summers, 24, is accused of approaching the girl last March, while she was playing a game in an upstairs bedroom of a West University Place home.
"An employee of the moving company, which was called 'A Better Tripp Moving and Storage,' had lifted up the juvenile child's skirt, had removed or pulled down her underpants and began photographing and, it turns out, actually began touching the child," said Officer Phil Clark, spokesman for the West University Place Police Department.
Allegations didn't come until this month when the girl's 7-year-old brother told his mother. Police said the boy was in the room and saw the crime happen.
Investigators said they obtained a search warrant for Summers' phone and found two videos showing the girl in her underwear. Prosecutors charged him with promoting child pornography and indecency with a child.
"I'm dumbfounded," said David Tripp, the owner of the moving company. "If these charges are legitimate charges, it's horrific."
Tripp said he knew Summers since he was in junior high school who passed through criminal background checks before he was hired. Summers' father was the company's operations manager.
"I feel horrible about it, if he's convicted," Tripp said.
Summers has been in "thousands of homes" since he was hired and quit his job a few weeks ago, Tripp said.
West University Police encourages anyone who knows about similar crimes to contact them, as they worry the suspect may have victimized other children.
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