Garrett Cornell, 42, was arrested last Saturday and charged with seven counts of child molesting and one felony charge of child exploitation. Police began investigating Cornell after his 14-year-old son told police he found video of his father engaging in sexual acts with his girlfriend’s 9-year-old daughter.
According to court documents, the 9-year-old victim told police Cornell touched her private parts on several occasions and even those of her “12 and 14-year-old sisters.”
Cornell’s son and the teen’s mother, June Schattner, said Cornell has done this before.
Schattner, Cornell’s ex-girlfriend, said her oldest daughter was molested 10 years ago in Madison County and said she has the paperwork from the State to prove it.
Schattner said she tried to tell police in Madison County at the time but she was afraid.
“Garrett is a very threatening man and violent man,” said Schattner. “He threatened to kill me before. He’s caught and my son was brave enough to do it.”
Meanwhile, the teenager said he wants answers from his father.
“I knew that he had done this to my sister, so I didn’t know if he’d done it to anybody else besides her,” said the teenager.
“Fox59 was told police in Madison County said they never received a report from Child Protective Services about the incident 10 years ago.
Cornell has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.