By LESLIE EIKLEBERRY
Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Salina man for alleged sex crimes involving a 10-year-old girl.
On Sunday, the Bennington girl was in the bathroom of a residence in the 400 block of E. Mulberry Street in Salina when she found on a shelf a cellphone with a photo of her on it, according to Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester. The girl regularly stays at that residence.
The girl also found other photos of herself on the phone that belongs to Caden Starmer, 20, of Salina, according to Forrester. The girl told the person whose residence she was in about the photos and the resident confronted Starmer.
"He admitted to the resident that he had taken pictures of the 10-year-old while she was in the bathroom," Forrester said.
The resident then reported the incident to the police.
During the investigation that followed, police learned "that over the last six months, the 20-year-old had been sexually assaulting the 10-year-old," Forrester said. Starmer also had allegedly photographed her on numerous occasions while she was in the bathroom, according to Forrester.
Starmer was booked into the Saline County Jail late Sunday on the equested charges that include twenty-six counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, five counts of aggravated indecent solicitation and seven counts of breach of privacy