COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - A local man is facing charges tonight, accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl in Colonial Heights. Dustin Harrison has been charged with two felonies for sex crimes against the child.
Court records allege Harrison sexually battered the 7-year-old. Court papers indicate it happened, for well over a year. Authorities confirm that Harrison was not related to the child, but did spend time with her family.
Harrison's last listed address was 112 Fairfax Avenue in Colonial Heights. Neighbors say he hasn't lived here in at least a year, but they did remember him.
"Dustin is a really cool person," said neighbor Kelly Hosten. "He was my neighbor for a couple years, and he hung out with my kids and the neighbor's kids, the neighbor that used to live here."
In fact, Hosten says her 3-year-old son has been around Harrison before and even though we told her about these charges, she says she'd still trust Harrison around her child.
"From what I know, he was good with kids," said Hosten.
She says she doesn't believe Harrison could molest a child.
"Not from the person I know. No." said Hosten. "I know he got a lot of women, but not kids. No little kids. He don't deal with kids. He's a man of money, like that's all he thinks about."
Harrison is due in court in March next year.