Port Clinton police are looking into new information in an alleged child abuse case they investigated multiple times in recent years, according to police reports.
Officers investigated allegations against the same man three times since 2008, and each time the evidence did not merit charges, the reports said.
The allegations were reported by the same woman or one of her family members each time, according to police reports.
Police would not specify what the new information entails, but they provided multiple reports from the past cases.
Officers were first contacted in the case in July 2008, when the then-2-year-old girl’s mother took her daughter to the hospital because she suspected the man had sexually abused her, a report stated. A doctor examined the child and could not determine if the child’s injuries were the result of abuse or a medical problem.
The mother lives in Wood County, so social workers there opened a case. Charges were never filed.
Less than a year later, two of the mother’s family members reported hearing the child say the man had touched her in a sexual manner, according to a report. When the mother reported those allegations to police, officers brought the man in for questioning. With his attorney present, the man denied ever touching the child, the report said.
Charges were never filed and the man also passed a polygraph exam, the report said.
The case resurfaced in 2010 when the child’s babysitter said she heard the girl tell another child the man had touched her sexually, a report said. Social workers and detectives investigated the allegations and again determined charges should not be filed.