MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - A Middletown man once called the "neighborhood nice guy" is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl after using candy to lure her to his home.
Preble County Sheriff's Office arrested Clint Alan Inlow on two counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition after being indicted last week.
The alleged victim's father said Monday that the incident took place in June.
His daughter was walking down Garfield Street in Middletown to her grandmother's house when Inlow pulled up next to her on his moped, according to the girl's father. Inlow offered her candy and a ride then, the father says, he took the girl to his home where he sexually assaulted her and even left a hickey on her neck.
Afterwards, the girl's father said that she ran and told nearby adult neighbors. Those neighbors, the father said, alerted him to the situation. They went looking for Inlow and allegedly found him in the company of another child.
According to the girl's father, when police came to investigate, Inlow took off but was eventually taken into custody for allegedly lying to police about his name. The girl's father said that he was later let out of jail.
There is now a warrant out for Inlow's arrest following the grand jury's indictment. FOX19 NOW crews saw Middletown Police officers at Inlow's home Monday night. They spent several minutes inside before coming outside and looking around. No one was seen leaving in handcuffs.
Neighbors said that they are shocked by the accusations because Inlow was like the "Santa Claus of the neighborhood" when it came to the kids.
"He was known for giving the kids candy and whatever they wanted when they wanted, letting them ride on his scooter," the alleged victim's father said. "He was the neighborhood mister nice guy."
The alleged victim's father said that he is still trying to calm down his anger and rage. He is now focusing on seeking justice and on helping his daughter.
"It's rough. It really is. It's a nightmare that no parent should have to go through," the girl's father said. "[I'm focused on] getting this guy off the streets because if he's willing to do that to one kid and move to another one so quickly, he's not going to stop until he's caught."