A south Webster man is behind bars today charged with aggravated incest and molestation of a juvenile.
Leland Edward Warmack, 48, of Greentree Street in Doyline, was arrested by Doyline Police Chief Robert Hayden after Warmack's wife made allegations against Warmack of inappropriate behavior with the couple's 10-year-old daughter.
Webster Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Bobby Igo, Jr., said the wife contacted Hayden after the juvenile gave her pieces of paper on which the child had described in detail Warmack's actions against her.
"The child went into detail about her father taking off parts of her clothing, rubbing parts of her body with his, making her rub parts of his body and showing her adult sex toys and pornographic magazines and DVDs," Igo said. "A search warrant was obtained for the residence and the devices the 10-year-old described were located there."
Igo said when questioned, Warmack admitted to showing the toys to his daughter.
"He said they discussed how he was saving the toys for her," Igo said.
Hayden, who is also a Webster Parish Sheriff's captain, arrested Warmack. He was assisted by WPSO detectives Teresa Rogers and Jennifer Ervin.
Igo said Rogers and Ervin are trained to handle incidents such as this, and he encouraged anyone who has experienced an incident to call the sheriff's office or nearest law enforcement agency.
"I really applaud the mother for coming forward," he said. "That took a lot of courage, and it took a lot of courage for the child to even talk to her mother about this in the first place.
"This was her father that did this to her, and we're raised to trust our parents," Igo continued. "Communication solves a lot of problems, and as parents, we need to listen to our children because now we can get this little girl some help."
Igo said the child will be interviewed at The Gingerbread House, a non-profit center that works closely with local law enforcement, child protective services, the district attorneys' offices and medical and mental health professionals to help abused children and their families.
"Gingerbread House is one of the best things that ever happened to us in law enforcement – and to the children and families," Igo said. "She will be treated well there, and they will make sure she and her mother get the support they need."
According to gingerbreadhousecac.org, the program provides mental health interventions for child victims and their non-offending family members at no cost to the victim's family or referring agency.