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City man accused of molesting child

November 17, 2018

A 9-year-old girl’s mother went out to do some errands with a friend and left her minor children in the care of her friend’s boyfriend.

Close to a year later, near the anniversary of the girl’s birthday in early June, the woman discovered that “Uncle Juma,” as he was known, had fondled her daughter.

Jess G. Rosales Jr., 25, of the 400 block of Arcadia Court was charged Thursday with one count of child molesting.

The case began when the young girl confided that children had bullied her at school, calling her fat. Rosales told the girl to pull down her pants so he could reassure her that she wasn’t fat and then fondled her, court records said.

When he noticed the girl was uncomfortable, he asked her if she’d be more comfortable if he pulled down his pants.

The girl said no and was able to get out of the room.

“Don’t tell your mother. She will kill me,” Rosales said as she fled the room, court records said.

In May, Rosales was interviewed at the Fort Wayne Police Department. Rosales confirmed his nickname was “Juma” and that he watched the girl and her brother in the summer of 2017. He admitted to many of the details but said the fondling was accidental.

Rosales was released Thursday on $10,000 bond.

According to court documents, his next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 7.

Truck driver hospitalized after crashing in DeKalb

A semi driver needed hospital care after crashing his rig late Thursday, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.

Monkedh Nehdi, of Dearborn, Michigan, was driving east in the 5200 block of Indiana 8 just before midnight when he missed a curve. The truck hit a ditch and was tipped on the passenger side, police said.

Nehdi complained of back pain and police estimated the damage to his truck to be at least $5,000.

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