A man arrested for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl on multiple occasions told police that his behavior is acceptable in his culture.
Francis Mannaky is behind bars after a 12-year-old revealed to police that she was sexually assaulted by him on at least three separate occasions.
While Mannaky admitted to touching the child, he justified his actions, telling police that male authority figures in his culture are allowed to verify if their younger female relatives are being touched by a man.
The minor told police that the assaults began with inappropriate touching, the first incident occurring approximately two to three years ago.
The victim stated that she awoke to her inner thigh being touched by Mannaky who stated to the victim that he was going to check if a man touched her.
The next incident occurred in June, inside the defendant’s vehicle. The minor alleged that Mannaky forced her to remain in his vehicle, drove her around, then threatened to harm her if she did not comply with his demands.
The third incident also occurred in June, with Mannaky’s actions escalating to the rape of the child.
He was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and family violence. He was booked and confined.