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26-year-old charged in molestation

Accusations from a young girl that a Fort Wayne man molested her, threw her and gave her younger brother a gun to point at her resulted in several felony charges against him.

Kenneth D. Wylie Jr., 26, of the 1900 block of Hoagland Avenue, was in custody Friday night on formal charges of battery, pointing a firearm, neglect of a dependent and three counts of child molesting connected to the girl’s harrowing account of what she experienced the first six months of 2013.

The investigation started in December when the girl’s mother reported to police she thought Wylie was molesting or abusing the girl when she was in his care.

The girl, whose age was not listed but was younger than 14 at the time, told police Wylie spanked her for no reason with her pants down, pointed a gun at her, told her he would shoot her and gave the gun to the girl’s 2-year-old brother to point at her.

She went on to say Wylie would have her brother point the gun at her 6-month-old sister.

The girl eventually disclosed that Wylie also inappropriately touched her with his hands and gun and would take nude photos of her, a probable cause affidavit said.

The child also told police Wylie threw her and her younger brother across the room. She also alleged Wylie once shot the gun at her but the bullet went out the window.

Wylie initially denied all the accusations during his January interview with detectives, but then said he touched the girl inappropriately and once threatened her because she was being disrespectful, according to a probable cause affidavit.

He told police he never gave his gun to the 2-year-old boy and that the child got it on his own and pointed it at the other children.

He also denied taking photos of the girl. Police searched his phone and other electronic devices and did not find any “blatant” child pornography, the affidavit said.

Wylie was being held Friday night in lieu of $67,500 bail.

cmeyers@jg.net

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