PALM BAY, Fla. -- Palm Bay police arrested a man Tuesday they are calling a child rapist. They say he locked an 11-year-old girl in his bedroom and forced her to have sex with him. What's worse, they fear there could be more victims.
Noel Kelly, 34, is from Palm Bay and investigators were questioning him Tuesday about the case involving the one child they know about, but they are also trying to find out about a possible second victim they have not yet been able to identify.
Kelly didn't put up any sort of struggle when he was taken in for questioning Tuesday morning outside of his Palm Bay home. Police said he befriended a family that just moved to the area a little more than a year ago.
Investigators said Kelly offered to babysit the then 11-year-old girl while the girl's mother had to work an occasional day shift. Investigators said Kelly would call the child into his room, lock the door, force her to perform sexual acts and threatened her if she told.
The young victim didn't say anything at first. Investigators said one of the suspect's friends found out about it and word got back to the child's mother, who called police.
Police said, based on their interviews, they believe there is at least one more victim, but they haven't been able to identify that other girl.