St. George man accused of years of child abuse

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - A St. George man is behind bars, accused of abusing two children for years.

After both girls were interviewed here at the Children's Justice Center James Michael Leavitt of St. George was taken into custody on ten counts of sodomy of a  Child 

"Started approximately six years ago, according to our victims, and our last offense was approximately six months ago," said Lona Trombley with the St. George Police Department. 

Police say Leavitt confessed to sodomizing the two girls and the arrest happened because the girls told someone they trusted.

"If we open up the doors of communication now, if in the event something were to happen we can more quickly act to protect those children and to prosecute the person who's committed the crime," said Trombley. 

Trombley recommends books for helping children understand what is and isn't Ok when it comes to touch, and how to encourage a child to tell someone they trust if someone abuses them. 

The book is available at the St. George Police Station, as well as the Children's Justice Center. 

"The best way to protect is to educate and prevent. We would love to prevent all of these incidents, but it's just not possible, but we hope by getting the word out on steps to take, to educate, that we can prevent at least some of them," said Trombley. 

For resources and additional information on how to protect your children, you can come to the Washington County Children's Justice Center, Or any Children's Justice Center throughout the state.

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