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Baby sitter faces sex abuse charges
Town Creek resident charged with assaulting 6-year-old and 9-year-old girls

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

TOWN CREEK — A Town Creek man baby-sitting two girls promised he'd take them home Friday night, but instead, he took them into a field where he sexually abused them, said police.

Town Creek police arrested Bobby Ray Lang, 48, of 1 Auburn St. No. 805, on Saturday morning after the girls, 6 and 9 years old, reported the incident to authorities.

Lang and his wife had offered to watch the girls while their mother went out for the evening, said Town Creek Police Chief Jerry L. Garrett. The Langs and the girls' family live in Town Creek Apartments on Auburn Street.

Wife asleep

After Lang's wife went to sleep, he allegedly touched one of the girls inappropriately. She said she was sick and wanted to go home, said Garrett.

Lang volunteered to walk the two girls to a family member's house, Garrett said.

"About halfway there, he took the two girls into a field behind the building and sexually assaulted them," said Garrett. "They eventually were able to get away from him and ran to the family member's house."

Brave victims

The relative notified police, and the girls told officers what Lang had allegedly done.

"They were more than eager to talk and to tell somebody," said Garrett. "Those little girls were extremely brave."

Officer Tom Cross took the report and arrested Lang at about 4 a.m. Saturday morning. During the interrogation, Lang gave a full confession, said Garrett.

He is charged with sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, willful abuse of a child and criminal coercion.

Lang remained in Lawrence County Jail on Monday afternoon. Bond had not been set.

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