Missaukee County Man Arrested for 7-Year Old Sex Crime

Police say Jacob Austin was 14 at the time of the sexual assaults and his victim was just six.

Experts say it is very common for children to repress memories of abuse for much longer.

A Missaukee County judge charged Austin with three counts of sex crimes against a young child in 2006 yesterday in Lake City.

Police say Austin was a family friend of the girl.

She just recently came forward and spoke about the abuse.

The girl's mother says her daughter has been mentally disturbed for several years and hopes the confession will offer closure.

9&10 News' Eric Lloyd and photojournalist Jacob Johnson spoke to a counselor on the subject and have more details.