Child molestation charge in Madison

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By Patrick Yost

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Another disturbing child molestation charge has been filed, the second one in two weeks. This time, a local Madison man was arrested and charged with a sexual crime, including the one count of child molestation.

According to Capt. Chris Bish, Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Monte Jay Franks, 46, was arrested on Thursday, July 20 on one count of child molestation.

Bish said the 17–year–old alleged victim told authorities that she had been abused since she was 15–years–old. “According to her its been going on for two years,” he said.Authorities investigated the allegations after the victim addressed them with a church counselor, Bish said.

Franks is being held at the Morgan County Detention Center without bond.

Bish said evidence collected from the victim and other sources led officers to make the arrest. He did not specify the evidence collected, sighting an on–going investigation into the allegations.

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