LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a convicted sex offender kidnapped three young girls and molested one of them while the other two begged him to stop.
Eminence Police charged 51-year-old Roderick Whitney on Monday with kidnapping and sexual abuse of a minor, unlawful imprisonment and a sex offender registry violation for a July 25 incident in Henry County, Kentucky.
According to arrest warrants obtained by WDRB News, Whitney saw the young girls, ages 10, 8 and 7, at Eminence Mulberry Apartment complex and offered to take them to a swimming pool if they'd help clean his house.
It was an attempt to "lure" them, but the children declined, so police say Whitney grabbed them by the backs of their shirts and forced them into the back of his vehicle.
"I hope he's put away for a very, very long time so he can never do anybody else's grandkids or kids this way," said Lisa Doyle, who said she's the grandmother of the 10-year-old.
Kasey Cunningham, the mother of the 8-year-old and 7-year-old sisters, said her daughter told her that as they got in the van, Whitney locked all the car doors and said they were in "good hands."
But they weren't in good hands, according to police.
"He gave (the 10-year-old) a toothbrush and had her like scrubbing a stain on the floor, and he got on top of her and molested her," Doyle said. "And the other little girls came in the room and seen it happening and [NAME REDACTED] was saying, 'Help me! Help!' and they was telling him to stop."
Doyle said Whitney was a friend acquainted with both families, and he brought the girls back home like nothing happened at all.
Whitney was already a registered sex offender before this incident. According to the Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry, he has been convicted in the past of the attempted unlawful transaction with a minor. In that case, the victim was 10 years old. Online court records indicate that he was originally charged with first-degree rape of a child under 12, in April 2007, but it was amended down in September 2009.
"I'm devastated ... I think there's more kids, a lot more," Doyle said. "I hope other victims come forward."
In April 2018, Whitney was cited for failing to comply with the sex offender registry when Eminence Police said he was found living in his Hillcrest Drive home. Court records say Whitney failed to update his address. It's on the same block as a playground
"He knew our family," Cunningham said. "I just can't believe it happened. I never did think he was that type of man."
Whitney pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse of a minor, kidnapping and several other charges. He's being held in the Oldham County Detention center on the $25,000 bond
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