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Man charged with molesting 4-year-old girl

August 10, 2011 |  3:20 pm

Photo: Terence Giberson. Credit: Redlands Police Department San Bernardino County prosecutors filed felony charges against a 52-year-old man Wednesday for allegedly molesting a 4-year-old girl in a Redlands apartment complex.

Terence Giberson, who has no prior criminal record, was charged with two counts of oral copulation/sexual penetration with a child, two counts of a forcible lewd act with a child and one count of kidnapping in connection with Tuesday's attack, authorities said.

If convicted, Giberson faces up to three life terms, prosecutors said.

“Our children are our most vulnerable victims, and what happened in the local community of Redlands on Tuesday will not be tolerated,” Dist. Atty. Mike Ramos said in a statement. “It has always been the policy of this office that we will hold those responsible for any criminal conduct accountable for their actions, and this case is no different.”

The girl was playing outside her family's apartment Monday when she went missing, authorities said. Her father went looking for his daughter and found her undressed, yelling and banging on a neighbor's window, police said.

The father went inside the apartment and rescued her from a naked man inside.

When police arrived, a crowd of neighbors had gathered outside the suspect's apartment, where he had locked himself in and refused to come out.

Officers eventually arrested Giberson and he was taken to the hospital for cuts on his arms from a possible suicide attempt, police said.


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Photo: Terence Giberson. Credit: Redlands Police Department