VERMILION -- A father, 48, has been charged with gross sexual imposition, accused of improperly touching his daughter's 11-year-old friend while both girls were sleeping at his house.
Eddie Frederick was charged with gross sexual imposition and taken to Erie County Jail Sunday.
Frederick admitted coming downstairs naked to adjust the heat thermostat in the living room. He said he had to lean over his daughter's friend, who was sleeping on the living room couch.
After several hours of questioning and denials, Frederick admitted rubbing his daughter's friend under her shorts.
Vermilion police say the parents of the 11-year-old girl called them about 4 a.m. Saturday.
The girl and her parents came to the police station and the girl said that she was sleeping over at a friend's house and her friend's father had touched her inappropriately while she was sleeping on the couch in the living room.
She said she and her girlfriend had fallen asleep watching a movie and she awoke to find him touching her under her shorts but didn't know what else he had done while she was asleep.
She said she texted her father to come and pick her up immediately. The father arrived and the girl came out of the house, crying.
Police had the girl and her parents go to Mercy Hospital for treatment and evaluation and to the Nord Center where a rape kit was administered.