Rape Suspect Behind Bars

Rape Suspect Behind Bars
By: CJ Cassidy

Jackson, MO - S

ome quick work by
J
ackson
P
olice detectives this weekend ends with a suspect behind bars.

I
t all started when police pulled a man over for speeding early
Sunday
morning.

T
he man told officers he was on his way to help his friend's baby sitter
,
after the teen claimed she had been raped.

"I

received a phone call from my baby sitter s
aying
that she had been raped and
I
got here it turned out to be my downstairs neighbor
," the woman who hired the baby sitter told Heartland News.

P
olice say that neighbor, 26 year old
J
uan
T
homas is an illegal immigrant from
M
exico
.

H

e now sits behind bars on
$ 100,000
cash bond.

D
etails of how the alleged attack took place are sketchy.

T
homas tells police the 15
-
year
-
old girl offered to perform a sexual act on him.

S
he tells investigators thomas pulled her into the laundry room where he allegedly raped her.

"W

e all feel like it was our fault we feel responsible for her even though it was an uncontrollable situation
," S
usan, as she asked to be identified
, says.

Susan

hired the teen back in
J
une to watch her two young boys
, and s
he has been their sitter ever since.

"I was worried about the safety of my children, that's the first thing I did was come and check on them when I got that call," Susan says, but she

never imagined she'd have to worry about her baby sitter's safety too.

C
hristy
Y
oung who lives an apartment over from
S
usan
,
says that just goes to show you should never let your guard down.

"I'

m happy
the
police got whoever did it to her
," Young says.

B
ack in her apartmen
t, S
usan hopes the young teen recovers, and adds she herself may never be able to leave her children alone again.

J
uan
T
homas faces felony forcible rape charges and second degree statutory rape charges.

T
he investigation continues and we will keep you posted on what happens next.