Father Arrested for Beating Predator He Caught Raping 5-Year-Old Boy
Ohio man charged with felony assault after rescuing child from sexual abuse
A father has been arrested after he beat up a predator he caught raping a five-year-old boy.
20-year-old Richard Adams says he "just snapped" when he walked in on the 17-year-old attacker sexually abusing the young child last Thursday.
“I was doing laundry and I walked out and there was the 17-year-old and he had the five-year-old’s penis in his mouth," Adams said while describing what led him to beat the abuser.
After dragging the 17-year-old away from the boy, Adams says he flew into a rage and started beating the teen.
When police arrived at the scene, Adams, of Eastlake, Ohio, was arrested and charged with felony assault.
Speaking to a local news reporter, Adams revealed what the child told him about the abuse.
“He said that the 17-year-old had touched him right there and that he had touched him the night before,” Adams said.
According to WAFB9, After beating the teen, Adams posted a video on Facebook showing the battered teen covered in blood and being angrily questioned about the sexual assault.
The 17-year-old’s cannot be revealed in the video because he’s a juvenile, but police said he was also arrested and charged with rape.
Ohio man speaks out after assaulting child rape suspect. WARNING, GRAPHIC: “I was doing laundry and I walked out and there was the 17-year-old and he had the five-year-old’s penis in his mouth," said Richard Adams. WATCH what he did that got him arrested: https://t.co/Z73QZGy74m pic.twitter.com/fEcbuwd0Dy— Sia Nyorkor (@TVNewsLady) March 24, 2019
Adams said he regrets posting the video, which has since been removed from Facebook, but that he doesn’t regret his actions to protect the child.
“I do feel sorry for the video. I should not have posted that and I do feel remorseful for that.”
He also said he hopes that others in the situation would’ve done the same thing.
“I want everyone to stop all the child offenders and predators out there.
"I don’t want any child to have to go through that."
While Adams acted to protect the future of the 5-year-old boy, he’s now worried about his own.
“I am scared. I have a kid on the way and I do want to be there for my child’s birth and that’s the only thing that’s worrying me right now,” said Adams.
"I almost want to cry saying it."
Eastlake police said the investigation is ongoing.
Meanwhile, Adams is out on a $5,000 personal bond, while the accused teen remains in custody.
We’re told the 5-year-old is now in protective custody.
Adams’ next court appearance is in April and his uncle has started a GoFundMe to help cover his legal fees.