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Foster family supports man accused of child abuse

Marco Villarreal

Foster family supports man accused of child abuse

CREATED Aug. 30, 2012

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A man accused of inappropriate activity with foster boys is set to turn himself in Friday, but his supporters are calling the accusations false. Those who know him say this man is not capable of crimes against minors and that he has done a lot for the community.

"That's just not him. It's not his character," says Renika Curry.

Some members of the North Las Vegas community are coming together to support a man police say has acted inappropriately with boys he once fostered.

"He's my foster dad. I actually moved in with him when I was 13 years old," says Curry.

Some of those speaking out say all he's ever done is serve the community.

"If I needed something, anything, it didn't matter what. If I asked he would do it for me," says Ty Jenkins, who once lived in a foster home run by Hill.
 
In July, North Las Vegas Police arrested Marvie Hill on charges of lewdness with a minor. Earlier this week, police again released his picture issuing a warrant for his arrest. He's now facing more charges of lewdness and child abuse. Detectives say two victims have come forward with enough evidence to charge the 37-year-old Hill. Those who know him say the accusations are false.

Police continue to gather more information and say there may be a third victim and more charges in the near future. They say the victims already were having a tough time in life.

"... who were already abused or abusers at the time they got placed into foster care. They were children who were very at risk at that time," says Sgt. Tim Bedwell with the North Las Vegas Police Department.

"To me, it's not true at all. If they had evidence or if that was the case, why didn't this happen before? Why wait all these years? Why just now?," asks Curry.

But the the district attorney and police say there is enough evidence. Those who know Hill say they plan on the truth to come out in the end.

"We're going to support him all the way. We're going to be behind him like he was behind us," says Jenkins.

Marvie Hill is set to turn himself in Friday at the Las Vegas jail for booking and then released on a $40,000 bond. Police are asking for anyone who thinks they may be a victim or have any information to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

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