Babysitter Accused of Sexually Assaulting 6-Year-Old Girl

A 21-year-old Thompson man is accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl while he was babysitting her and he has been charged with first-degree sexual assault.

The girl’s adoptive parents contacted police on Feb. 10 after the little girl told police that 21-year-old Derick Mercado-Labonte exposed his “private” to her and told her to touch it, according to the arrest warrant application.

When police interviewed him, Mercado-Labonte blamed the child, according to the arrest warrant application, then said he took full responsibility for letting the girl touch his genitals and for touching hers.

The child provided police with details about the alleged assault and said Mercado-Labonte told her not to tell anyone, but she had to tell her mother the truth, the arrest warrant says.

She also said Mercado-Labonte watched a “very bad video” and showed it to her.

Police took the victim’s clothing and conducted a forensic examination.

Mercado-Labonte has been charged with first-degree sexual assault, illegal contact with a child under 13 and risk of injury to a child.

Bond was set at $500,000 and he is due in court on Aug. 10.

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