Father accused of multiple sex crimes against kids

Published: Oct. 18, 2012 at 9:05 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2012 at 9:05 PM EDT
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Roosevelt Mack (Source: Sumter Lee Regional Detention Center)
Roosevelt Mack (Source: Sumter Lee Regional Detention Center)

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Roosevelt Mack is a middle-aged man without a criminal record with a neighborly reputation.

"He's always been a good guy to me," said neighbor Bryan Partin. "Never expected anything to that sort."

Partin lives next door to Mack, but Mack hasn't been at home. He's been in jail.

"It was a little unusual," said Captain Dailey with the Sumter County Sheriff's Department. "Had a report of criminal sexual assault on a minor. Brought the victim in. Once we brought the victim in, three more victims appeared."

Dailey said the cases go back to 2008. Four different victims, one is now an adult he says, who had never told anyone.

The accusations range from rape to incest to lewd conduct.

Partin was rocked by the news. He said he and Mack aren't just neighbors. They're fellow fathers.

"What? Could he have been sitting there looking at my kids thinking?" asked Partin. "That just gives me the heeby jeebies. Makes me not want to be here anymore."

Partin said even though he saw the investigators swarm his neighborhood, he'll let others decide if a man with a clean record has a dark past.

"I hope the kids get the very best help they can get," said Partin. "I really can't say much more than that."

This was a sensitive case for the investigators working it. Dailey said his investigators feel pretty confident they made the right arrest.

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