Man accused of luring, molesting 8-year-old girl
OCALA, Fla. (CBS12) —
A man from central Florida is accused of luring a young girl to his home and molesting her. And investigators believe there may be more victims.
Sydney Allan Markland, nicknamed "Dread," is facing charges of sexual assault on a victim under 12, lewd and lascivious behavior, molest victim under 12, and lure and entice a child under 12.
According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the girl first reported the incident to a parent last summer. She said Markland asked her if she could help him carry his fried chicken into his home in Ocala. She said he appeared to be injured, so she helped him.
Inside the house, investigators said Markland then sexually battered her.
Investigators said DNA evidence linked Markland to the crime.
Markland told investigators the girl came to his house wearing provocative clothing. According to investigators, Markland also said her actions suggested she "was consenting to sexual contact," and due to his culture his actions were acceptable.
Markland is being held without bond.
Investigators believe Markland may have done this to other children since he admitted to being familiar with other kids in the neighborhood.