From staff reports
A Polk man is facing charges for the alleged indecent assault of a 13-year-old girl at his Valley Road home last month.
A criminal complaint filed through district judge Matthew Kirtland’s office said on June 15, Jeffrey Malliard, 61, brought the girl to his home to chop wood as they had previously planned to do.
The girl waited for Malliard inside the residence as he said he was going to change clothing. When he returned, Malliard hugged the girl and touched her inappropriately on top of her clothes, the complaint said.
As Malliard drove the girl back home, he told her to forgive him and that it was her decision to send him to jail or tell the police, the complaint said.
Malliard is facing a felony count of criminal attempt – aggravated indecent assault – complainant less than 16 and misdemeanor counts of indecent assault of person less than 16 years of age and corruption of minors.
A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 25 in Central Court.