Jackson, TN — Police have arrested 43-year-old Stephen Wilcox after he reportedly tried to molest a 3-year-old girl left in his care.

The child’s parents told police they had briefly left the child in Wilcox’s care last Friday. Upon their return to the home, they said they found Wilcox in bed with the child – he was completely naked and the child was unclothed from the waist down.

Police say the child’s father “momentarily detained” Wilcox before he managed to slither out of the home. The relationship between Wilcox and the child is unclear…one source claims he’s a family member and another says he’s a family friend.

In a telephone interview with jacksonsun.com, Wilcox’s ex-wife defended him, stating that he did not molest the child. She said Wilcox had been drinking and was passed out when the parents left the home, leaving the 3-year-old in the care of another child in the home…a 9-year-old. The woman claimed the toddler had crawled into the bed with Wilcox. “When he’s drunk, he does not move, does not wake up,” she said. She also claims Wilcox had no idea the child was in bed with him, but she failed to explain why he was supposedly found butt-nekkid.

Wilcox was arrested on Saturday and arraigned Tuesday on one count of attempting to commit aggravated rape of a child.

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