The Callaway man, identified as 64-year-old Patrick William Trench, was accused of engaging in inappropriate sexual contact with a girl multiple times in 2018 and as recently as February 7 of this year. The victim, a child under 12-years-old, spoke with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and told them that she has considered suicide following the incident.
Police quoted her as saying, “It made me want to die.” Trench has now been arrested and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.
Police say that the victim came forward and told her mother about the abuse on Sunday. Trench was detained on Sunday but he refused to speak with investigators. He was arrested at this time and is now being held on $50,000 bond.
A court date has not been set. The investigation continues at this time.
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