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Suspected molester claims ax attack

A Spokane man is accused of molesting a 10-year-old girl his girlfriend was babysitting.

Dewitt Allen "D" Harrelson, 46, is in jail on $10,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court Friday on a first-degree child molestation charge.

The girl told a Stevens Elementary School counselor about the alleged contact, which she said occurred in late 2009 and early 2010 at her babysitter's home when the babysitter wasn't present.

Court documents say the girl's father was "expressed rage and anger" toward Harrelson and "expressed resentment that child molesters were frequently treated too leniently by the criminal justice system."

Harrelson later told officers that the girl's father had hit him in the head with an ax handle but he didn't call police, documents say.

Charges were filed April 1; Harrelson was arrested on Thursday.

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