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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