One of two young sisters allegedly kidnapped in Michigan by their former babysitter says she was molested as many as three times during the five-day ordeal, a detective testified Wednesday.
The 6-year-old girl said Ronald Stafford molested her in a Daytona Beach hotel room after the abduction Friday from the sisters' Galesburg, Mich., home, Daytona Beach Detective John Adazzio testified at a bail hearing.
Stafford, 21, was arrested along with his 17-year-old brother, Lee, and Ricky Geer, 19, on federal kidnapping charges Tuesday after a nationwide search for Teresa Hainer, 9, and Jessica Hainer, 6.
Ronald Stafford, the girls' former babysitter, has a juvenile record for sexual assault, although his attorney said it was for stabbing a boy with a needle in the buttocks. Their father, Jesse Hainer, said he had known Stafford for more than a year but later told him to stay away from his daughters.
"I think it was revenge," Hainer said Wednesday. "When I figured out what kind of person he was, his background, I didn't want him around here."
A medical examination of the 6-year-old showed no evidence of rape, Adazzio said. Her sister told investigators she was not molested, and she refused a doctor's examination, Adazzio said.
FBI agent James Dougal testified that Geer said Ronald Stafford had fondled the chest of one or both girls and had taken one to the woods for an hour.
Ronald Stafford said that Geer and his brother pinched the girls in the buttocks and grabbed the girls' legs, Dougal testified.
Ronald Stafford's attorney, Mark O'Mara, denied that his client sexually molested the girls and said the FBI misinterpreted the 6-year-old girl's statements.
"I don't believe the sexual offense did occur," O'Mara said.
The girls' grandfather, Robert Hainer, said he was "sick" over the charges.
"I want them to spend the rest of their lives in prison. I know that's a heck of a lot to say about an 18- or 19-year-old," he said.
Ronald Stafford said the three men planned the sisters' abduction for two weeks because they thought the girls' father was mistreating them, Dougal testified.
A federal magistrate denied bail Wednesday to Ronald Stafford and Geer. Lee Stafford's records were sealed because he is a juvenile.
The girls were abducted Friday as they got off a school bus. Vacationing college students saw pictures of the children on television hours after they had dinner Monday with three men and two girls. The students called authorities.
Police rescued the girls Tuesday morning at a Daytona Beach gift shop and returned them by plane to Kalamazoo, Mich.
"I'm free!" the 6-year-old girl said outside her home Wednesday. She arrived Tuesday night.
The 9-year-old had a message for Ronald Stafford: "The next time I see him, I'm going to kick him in the rear end."
The girls said nothing more and struggled to keep their souvenir law enforcement hats on as relatives embraced them.
Teresa Hainer, the girls' mother, is talking about challenging her ex-husband's custodial rights in court.
"This was half his fault," she said. "He was told to stay away from the Staffords a while ago."