School Custodian Arrested For Molesting Child
Updated: Monday, January 14 2013, 02:17 PM EST
An Upstate man who works as a custodian for a mountain school is arrested for molesting a young girl. Alfard Mullins Jr. is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of incest.
According to Polk County Schools, Mullins has been employed with the district for eight years. He is a janitor at Polk County Middle School and a bus driver. Investigators say the victim is not a student at the school.
According to the initial report filed last October, Mullins started abusing a young relative in 2006. Investigators say the victim was between the ages of 11 and 14 at the time. Authorities also say the abuse happened on at least two different occasions in Spartanburg County.
The young female told authorities that on multiple occasions he inappropriately touched her and had sexual intercourse with her. He allegedly bribed the girl with money and gifts so she wouldn't tell anyone.
The school has suspended Mullins with pay, pending the results of the investigation. The school district says they plan to release a statement about his arrest at a later time. At this point in their investigation, detectives don't know if there are any other victims.
Mullins is being held in the Spartanburg County Detention Center. He will make his first appearance in front of a judge overnight.
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