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Troy man accused of sexual assaulting child, police investigate public concerns

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TROY, NY – 60-year-old Francis Sousis Sr. has been charged with sexual assault in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child.  

Now police are asking parents to talk with their kids, fearful that there could be more victims.

The arrest has neighbors of Francis Sousis Sr. sick to their stomach.

"That's disgusting," said Gaynell Middleton.  "Because I have an 11 year old, and that is very disgusting."

Gaynell Middleton has lived in the Martin Luther King Apartments – the same apartment complex that 60-year-old Francis Sousis Sr. lives – for three years.  She said she knows of 60-year-old Francis Sousis Sr.  "I have seen him before," said Middleton.

Middleton claims to have seen Sousis Sr. interacting with kids around the apartments.

"I've seen him riding around with kids in his car," said Middleton.  "Like, I thought they were his grandkids."

Troy Police said a girl, younger than 10, told her parents about the abuse.

"Over time she was subject to sexual abuse by our defendant in this case," said Troy Police Captain John Cooney.

Captain Cooney says there were multiple incidents of abuse that happened throughout the last year.

"In a very sensitive, very professional way, we were able to bring out facts that supported the arrest of Mr. Sousis," said Cooney. 

Police say Sousis Sr. admitted to statements made by the girl.

"Mr. Sousis, upon talking to detectives did make admissions," said Cooney.  "Basically, acknowledged the truthfulness of the child's statement."

News 10 ABC went to Sousis' apartment for comment.  No one answered the door but lights were on inside the apartment.

"We believe there may be more victims, said Cooney.  "We are encouraging parents to either address it with their children, if they think they've been exposed to Mr. Sousis, or come to us for advice on how exactly to do that."

Neighbors of Sousis Sr. are on edge and say the apartments are home to many families.

"There's to many kids that be out here playing for them to have somebody in here like that," said Middleton.

Sousis Sr. was in court this Friday afternoon.  He had his bail set at 15-thousand dollars and was sent to Rensselaer County Jail.

Police are stressing to parents that if you believe your child could have come in contact with Francis Sousis Sr., to reach out to police for help and guidance on how to address it with your child.  You can contact Troy Police detectives assigned to the case at 518-270-4426.  

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