Crime

28-year-old Florida woman charged with raping 6-year-old

Melissa Deloach
Melissa Deloach

A Bradenton woman was charged with capital sexual battery after officials say she admitted to participating in and watching the rape of a 6-year-old victim.

Officials with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spoke with Melissa Deloach, 28, as part of an investigation into similar allegations against her father, Euel Deloach Jr., with the same victim, according to the probable cause affidavit.

During that interview, Deloach told investigators she was not only in the room when the 6-year-old victim was sexually abused, but “actively participated” as well, according to the affidavit.

When asked how many times the abuse occurred, Deloach told investigators it happened “five or six times,” according to the affidavit.

Deloach is currently being held in the Manatee County Jail without bond.

Euel’s charges include six counts of sexual battery on a child less than 12 years of age. Euel Deloach Jr., 56, was arrested Feb. 28 after allegations surfaced that he had been sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl and officials later learned of a second victim.

Investigators have said both his victims were known to him.

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