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A 31-year-old Palm Coast man is in the Flagler County Inmate Facility facing five counts of sexual battery on a child under 12 and three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 12, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Thomas Underwood, 31, of the B-section, is being held without bond on the charges after being arrested Thursday afternoon at his Palm Coast home.
Flagler County Sheriff’s Office detectives said Underwood began molesting his victims more than 16 years ago. Some of the victims, who were 8 and 10 years old at the time, are now coming forward to report being victimized by a younger Underwood.
One victim, who was 8 at the time, said that Underwood, who was then 15, sexually molested her while he was babysitting her. Her story is similar to his other victims who said Underwood managed to be alone with them while they were being babysat or while they were mutually visiting at someone’s home. The victims were male and female.
One victim, who is now 22 years old, said that he was 10 years old when he was sexually abused by Underwood. The victim estimated that he was abused between 200 and 300 times over several years. The abuse occurred while Underwood was babysitting him.
Detectives think there may be more victims.
Anyone who thinks they may have been victimized by Underwood is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 386-313-4911.
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- I agree! there should be evidence. Not just words! I am truly sorry for what happened to your daughters but I can say that most of the accusations on this man are false, because most of the stuff that was said is false because i was the one that told that girls mother after she told me and her mother told me how wrong and screwed up in the head i was for betraying her daughters trust by telling what she told me. And further more she also told me of other people in her family that had been molesting children in this same family and that was not in there either. why condemn one man why not all the other people in her family as well? The accused did not even have a TV in his room so how did they watch pornographic movies in his room? and the father was never told any of this. He is just now finding out. She is the biggest liar and manipulative I have ever met in my life. The other person I can not say for him because That may have a little truth but for her she is a LIAR. She even gave false accusations about being raped a few years ago!
- This story is disturbing to me, because back in early 2008, 2 out of my 3 daughters told me that their father molested them when they were 8 and 10. They were adults when they told me. We contacted the police, but nothing was done. He lives in Kissimee. I contacted the police there and nothing. Basically I was told that my ex would have to confess what he did, do DNA. He's done prison time in the past, he is not going to confess. It is really upsetting to me, because it is worse to have a family member rape you than a non family member. They are both horendous, but for a father to rape his daughter and get away with it because there is no proof, well that is just, no words for that.
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