Thanks to Karie and Jeanne's courage, an Indiana family will sleep better tonight. One year ago, a man Machelle knew as Bill Davis deceptively pried his way into her life and the innocent lives of her four children.
Machelle met Davis when she was a volunteer at the Youth Service Bureau crisis line. Davis also worked at shelters and food banks in their community, and Machelle, who was a single mother struggling to get by, trusted Bill with her children, including her two mentally delayed sons.
Soon after meeting Machelle, Bill offered to help her around the house and began taking her sons fishing, on bike rides and on walks. Machelle was thankful for the break…until she says she began noticing changes in her 12-year-old son's behavior.
She claims that her son became withdrawn, depressed and stopped eating or playing with his friends. Eventually, Machelle says her son broke down and told her that Bill had molested him. A police investigation revealed that Bill had allegedly molested Machelle's 12-year-old and 7-year-old son. The abuse allegedly occurred in Bill's RV—and even in Machelle's own bedroom.
Before Bill could stand trial, he fled Indiana. "My one wish was that he would be caught," Sharrie, the grandmother of the two young boys, says. "And I prayed every day that he would."