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Alleged Child Molester Nabbed

By Al Pefley email

West Palm Beach, FL (WFLX)

A West Palm Beach man is under arrest for some despicable crimes. Sheriff's detectives say 54 year old Marcus Blanchard molested 6six small girls that his girlfriend was babysitting in her home on Citation Drive.  The youngest was five years old.

Authorities say Blanchard's girlfriend had no county day care license.

Blanchard, who has a prior conviction for child molesting and also served ten years in prison for second degree murder, was living under the same roof.   The Florida Department of Corrections says he served three years' probation on the sex charge, and he served ten years of a 25 year sentence on the murder conviction.   He was released early due to prison overcrowding and credit for good behavior.

"He seemed to be a polite, nice guy. Waved. Thank God I don't have children. Because I mean that's just disgusting!" said Donna Johnson, a neighbor.

"I wouldn't find anything surprising in today's world, the way things are goin'." said  Jerry Todd, another neighbor.

Detectives say they know of six girls that were molested so far, and say there could be others. They still have three or four more kids to interview.

They also say the girlfriend was unaware that Blanchard was molesting the children, so they don't anticipate charging her.

However, the Palm Beach County Health Department could fine her up to $500 a day for running an unlicensed family day care.

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