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Alleged victim in child molestation case speaks out about suspect's suicide

The brave girl, whose identity Action News 5 is concealing, talked about the suicide of the DeSoto County man accused of molesting her in 2005 when she was five years old. The brave girl, whose identity Action News 5 is concealing, talked about the suicide of the DeSoto County man accused of molesting her in 2005 when she was five years old.
This girl is one of several accusing James Marchand, a suspect who took his life Wednesday. This girl is one of several accusing James Marchand, a suspect who took his life Wednesday.

(WMC-TV) - A 13-year-old wants to get her message out to other alleged victims in a child molestation investigation. This girl is one of several accusing James Marchand, a suspect who took his life Wednesday.

The brave girl, whose identity Action News 5 is concealing, talked about the suicide of the DeSoto County man accused of molesting her in 2005 when she was five years old. She had to testify in court. Her mother, whose identity is also concealed, says it was unimaginable.

"I just knew that he was gone and he couldn't hurt anyone else. I didn't have to talk about him anymore, and it would be all over with," said the 13-year-old.

The trial ended in a hung jury.

The teenager says she had put it out of her life until Marchand was arrested Friday for molesting other young girls.

"It just kind of popped up and kind of overwhelmed me with all the memories," she said. "I still remember everything."

This teenager wants to send a message to Marchand's accusers.

"It wasn't their fault. They are not victims. They are just girls that had something really bad happen to them," she said.

Her mother says this interview is the first time her daughter has talked about what happened to her at such length. The mother says she wishes Marchand had faced his accusers.

"I was really hoping we would sit in court," said the mother. "Could face him now as a confident strong you lady. He didn't hurt her. She's okay; she's just fine."

The mother said investigators told her there are possibly as many as nine or 10 victims over the years.

"They are strong; they can get over it. They overcame it," said the 13-year-old.

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