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Child sex abuse/animal cruelty arrest in Wyoming County

Gainesville, N.Y. -- Police investigating a suspected case of child sexual abuse in Wyoming County came upon a home with squalid conditions and found one dead puppy and three others in need of rescue. They also uncovered three suspected cases of child abuse, one of them dating back to 2006.

"This could have been prevented but they swept it under a rug back then," says a neighbor and health care worker who did not want to be identified. She says the suspected victim in 2006, a 9 year old girl, told her mother but no one went to police.

So when another little girl pulled her aside two weeks ago and told her she was also being sexually abused, this woman went straight to police. "I told both parents that I was going to go to the cops because I would be just as guilty if I did not follow through with it," she told 13 Wham News.

Looking back now, she can easily see the signs something going on in the home on Quarry Road in Gainsville was not right as it related to an 11-year-old girl who was a frequent visitor. "You could tell that something was going on because she was scared to be around him and wouldn't be around him and would hold her head down," the neighbor said.

Then last week another girl, 13, came forward with an explanation. She said she had witnessed the abuse involving the 11-year-old and that she was also a victim. "She said the young boy next door had been touching her in her private areas and on top," said the neighbor who went to police.

Robert Decarr, 23, has been charged with two counts of child sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Thomas Hyde also lived in the home. He is not a suspect in the child abuse but police have charged him with cruelty to animals. Three pitbull/lab mix puppies have been under the care of a veterinarian and are doing much better. They will soon be available for adoption.

Investigators found them flea infested, malnourished and near death. The mother dog was voluntarily turned over to the humane society.

Decarr remains in jail on $50,000 bail. Neighbors suspected he is involved in at least one other case of child sexual abuse. State Police said their investigation is continuing.

Jane Flasch, 13WHAM-TV
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