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Police: Man molested 9-year-old girl

Posted December 4, 2008 4:26 p.m. EST

— A Greenville man faces charges of molesting a 9-year-old girl in his home multiple times, police say.

Officers arrested Jose Dario Morales-Jimenez Wednesday on 11 counts of felony first-degree sex offense against a child.

Investigators said Morales-Jimenez, who was not releated to the victim, invited the girl over to watch cartoons on his television. He fondled the girl, kissed her on the mouth, exposed himself to her and forced her to touch him, authorities say.

The victim's family reported the abuse to police on Nov. 5. The Special Victims Unit investigated, with help from the Pitt County TEDI BEAR Children's Advocacy Center.

Morales-Jimenez was being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $4 million bond Thursday. He was not a registered sex offender.