Man accused of luring, molesting 11-year-old girl in Warrenton - KMOV.com

Man accused of luring, molesting 11-year-old girl in Warrenton

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Thomas Skillington, 53, is accused of kissing an 11-year-old girl. He allegedly invited her to clean his apartment Thomas Skillington, 53, is accused of kissing an 11-year-old girl. He allegedly invited her to clean his apartment
WARRENTON (KMOV.com) -

A 53-year-old man in Warrenton faces criminal charges for allegedly kissing an 11-year-old girl after luring her into his apartment, police said.

According to court documents, Thomas Skillington befriended the girl and then paid her $25 to sweep the floor of his home located at the Villas at Hawthorne. After she finished the chore, Skillington allegedly placed the 11-year-old on his lap and kissed her.

The victim reportedly ran to a neighbor for help. Police said Skillington later admitted to the assault while in custody.

Skillington's neighbor, Paula Brooks, said he would often flirt with teenagers at a nearby grocery store.

"He'd try to hang around some of the younger girls, and we'd try to keep him away from them," said Brooks.

Despite Brook's claims of Skillington displaying odd behavior, she said this recent incident is still shocking.

"What you think is a safe neighborhood...It doesn't seem so safe anymore," said Brooks.

It is unknown whether the victim's parents knew about any previous encounters between Skillington and their daughter.

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