Neighbors shocked by east Indianapolis molestation allegations

Benjamin Najarro-Ascencio
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Indianapolis police say a child molestation suspect gave candy to a six-year-old girl after he lured her away from an east side park, but neighbors say they don't believe it.

The girl told her mother Benjamin Najarro-Ascencio molested her on a soccer field near her home at E. 38th Street and Mitthoeffer Road in August. She said he then carried her and invited her brother into his townhouse, offering her candy and letting her play with his cell phone.

Four months later, police arrested Najarro-Ascencio after video-recorded interviews with the victim.

Neighbors are shocked by the allegations.

"I don't really believe he did that," said Tony Shock.

A young neighbor, who spoke to Eyewitness News with her mother's permission, said, "My family thinks he hasn't done anything wrong."

She was speaking for her non-English-speaking parents who know the suspect.

Another resident told us the six-year-old victim once told her she made up the charges against the suspect.

"He was a very nice guy. He was quiet, kept to himself. Whenever I saw him he always had his little baby girl with him and I never saw him interact with any of the other small children," Shock said.

"The only thing he went to was to my house and to where he lives. But he didn't do nothing wrong, he didn't do nothing to us," said the young girl speaking for her family.