An Ohio man is unapologetic for how he reacted after allegedly seeing a 17-year-old sexually assaulting a 5-year-old boy.

According to WOIO, 20-year-old Richard Adams admitted he “just snapped” when he walked in on a teenager reportedly raping a young boy on March 21.

Adams explained to reporters what he saw: (Warning: The description of the scene may be disturbing to some.)

“I was doing laundry, and I walked out, and there was the 17-year-old, and he had the 5-year-old’s penis in his mouth.”

The scene cause Adams to fly into a fit of “rage” and began beating the teenager while asking him what he was doing.

Following the attack, Adams took out his phone and recorded the 17-year-old’s explanation. He then posted the video on Facebook.

Because the 17-year-old is a minor, his identity has not been revealed.

Adams also said that he asked the 5-year-old what the teen had done to him. The boy responded by saying that “the 17-year-old had touched him right there and that he had touched him the night before.”

Both Adams and the 17-year-old were arrested for their actions. The teen has been charged with rape, reports WOIO.

And while Adams is remorseful for posting the video of the bloodied teen on social media, he said he doesn’t regret defending the 5-year-old child and hopes more people would respond in the same way:

“I do feel sorry for the video. I should not have posted that, and I do feel remorseful for that. […]

I want everyone to stop all the child offenders and predators out there. I don’t want any child to have to go through that.”

Adams, who has a child of his own on the way, has since been released on a $5,000 bond. The 17-year-old is also out on bond.

He said he’s nervous that his arrest and upcoming court dates have the potential to keep him from seeing the birth of his child:

“I am scared. I have a kid on the way and I do want to be there for my child’s birth and that’s the only thing that’s worrying me right now. I almost want to cry saying it.”

Now, people are calling for his charges to be dropped.

On March 24, Eastlake Police responded to the public’s interest in this specific ongoing investigation.

The statement read:

We have received numerous e mails, phone calls and communications in which people have expressed their emotions and frustrations with the recent case that we had involving the investigation of a rape of a 5 year old and the assault of the accused 17 year old male. The 20 year old male accused of assaulting the 17 year old has been out on a personal bond since the day after the incident and has been assigned a court date.
We truly understand the interest, passion and concerns with this type of case. It has been processed by the court and will continue to go through the system. Most of the people within our police departments, courts and the entire justice system have families of their own and the men and women are diligently working to ensure that everything is done correctly so that justice is served.

To attack people within the system to achieve a certain outcome is not what justice is about. We appreciate the impact that this story has had on the community and beyond but we expect people to be civil in expressing their disagreement and/or support of what has and will take place.

The 5-year-old has since been placed in protective custody.

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43 Replies to “Man Says He Doesn’t Regret His Actions After Walking in on a Teen Allegedly Molesting a 5-Year-Old Boy”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    He ABSOLUTELY did the right thing! I can’t believe he was arrested! What is wrong with this world?

  • Randy Yost 2 years ago

    I would have done much worse to him. What a waste of money taking him to court. No jury would convict and most would stand up aplaud!

  • Michael Bankston 2 years ago

    I commend the man for his actions! I hope he gets a good lawyer because he will need one.

  • sm 2 years ago

    IF it were me, would have probably beaten the 17 year old senseless…fully understand the older young man’s reaction. That said, hope he gets off – probation at worst. The younger one should be jailed and forced to have some serious counseling. He is now probably going to be labeled a child molester for life. Stupid.

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  • JohnD 2 years ago

    It defies common sense and law to arrest the 20 year old man. We know nothing about the 17 year old, other than his age. Of course, he doesn’t have to be that big to overpower a 5 year old. Then, the question arises, what should the man have done once he separated the 17 year old’s penis from the little child’s mouth. Should the man have scolded the rapist or perhaps counseled him? Maybe the man should have called 911, asking the rapist to sit tight until police arrived? I wonder if there were some other reasons why the police reacted the way they did???

  • James 2 years ago

    For a 20 year old expecting father, your family should be proud of you for rescuing that young boy from this predator. Yes, the social media sharing was wrong. That will be a lesson learned. We all make our own share of mistakes in our lifetime. Yes, the predator deserves to be labeled a “sex offender” for the repeated traumatic damage done to his victim. He should be required to pay restitution for counseling and the psychological damage that he has caused to his victim. It will never be totally resolved for this victim! There is no excuse for such disgusting sexual assaults on such a young victim! Disgusting behavior! Such a predator deserves no extra protection in jail!!!!!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    THANK GOD FOR YOUNG MEN LIKE THI , WHO TAKE A STAND FOR THE YOUth! I think he should have amputated the 17year old manhood! That would help insure he didn’t do this to another child! He is sick and evil!

  • Beth 2 years ago

    Why did he get arrested at all? He possibly saved a child’s life. So now the justice system will turn this little phedophile loose to be free to do it again? In case you didn’t hear rt he RAPED A 5 YEAR OLD BOY so he’s gonna get nothing?

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    HE should be given a medal.what has happened to CITIZENS ARREST.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Maybe he should get a medal ,not court time the Liberians are winning again

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Cut off his tongue, cut off his nuts.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    my name is Carol Wadsworth
    and to me most young people do Care and try there best and to me the boy tried to help the 5 year old with a good heart the best he knew how and respect

  • Beth 2 years ago

    He did the right thing, and please do not put him in jail! He did what that poor child could not do for himself, and I for one would be happy about that if it were my kid or anybody’s! Thank God he stopped this disgusting crime! Hugs to the man for doing so! God Bless!

  • Michael Steele 2 years ago

    Why is the person arrested for stopping the sexual assault of a child???

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    The 20 year old was upset with what he saw! Let him go!!!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Thank goodness this young man was there. He saved this 5 yr old from further abuse- I hope the courts see it this way. More power to him-what would you have done? Look away- he is my hero.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I think anyone in their right mind would do the same, just like what Adam did. Adam should have given him a chilly bath, rub hot chillies up his ×*×** you know where the sun don’t shine. GOOD LUCK ADAM ON YOUR COURT HEARING AND GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

  • Teresa Maglio 2 years ago

    I can’t believe he got arrested how many other boys has the 17 year old done it to the 20yr old is a hero in my book

  • michael 2 years ago

    Wish there were more people like the 20 yr old young man. He quickly did the right thing stopping the 17 yr old boy and I understand and think the rest is out of discuss.

    • Bt 2 years ago

      Where was the 5 year olds parents? Shouldnt they have some responsibility in keeping their son safe?

  • Tiffiny 2 years ago

    This man should never been arrested . In fact , they should hold a parade in his honor . He is a hero !!!! The cops should be ashamed for ever taking him into custody !!!!!!

  • Kim 2 years ago

    The district attorney should drop the charges! He did what any decent person would have done.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Just an observation. If the teen had been black and the 20 year old a white cop would everyone still be saying the 20 year old should not be arrested for beating the 17 year old up? What the 17 year old did was disgusting and vile and he should be locked up not out on bond, however, do we really think we have the right to beat someone up when they commit crimes? I’m constantly hearing about police brutality on the news and how horrible it is when a police officer beats someone up or shoots them if they are threatening the officer, so why is it okay if a citizen beats someone up for committing a crime?

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      He witnessed someone rapeing a 5 year old little boy, was he supposed to call the police and just watch the guy finish? What is wrong with you!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Yes!!!! I would feel the same way!!! I am a black mother of a teenage son and I would still have felt that the 20 yo cop should not be arrested. That was a baby!!!! He was 5!!! And this disgusting lil jerk was taking advantage of someone that could not fight back!! This 20 yo is a superhero.
      He was arrested because the law says he had to be. What he did does legally amount to assault. But there is also a little thing called defense of others. If he serves one minute of jail time there is something seriously wrong with the justice system.
      I agree that police brutality based on race is too prevalent in this country. And I believe too many cops get off with blatantly murdering black men in the name of the law.
      But there are some things that transcend race. Rape of a child tops that list! Kudos to the superhero!

  • Darren Seabolt 2 years ago

    But they say being gay is okay. Yea being gay leads to this kind of sick B.S.

    • Mar 2 years ago

      Gay men are no more likely than straight men to be pedophiles…it’s been proven over and over. You’re just homophobic.

  • Stella Robinson 2 years ago

    Someone please set a go fund me .For this young man. This young man is what we need in this world.

  • Carol 2 years ago

    Good for that guy who came to the aid of a 5 year old he did the right thing beat the shit out of that 17 year old

  • Nicole 2 years ago

    We all need to have the courage to step in and be the advocate for these abused children!!! Women STOP LEAVING YOUR KIDS WITH PEOPLE!!!!!!!

  • Kathy 2 years ago

    I give Adams kudos for his actions! He should not be punished but rather should be praised for stopping this 17 year old pervert! That 5 year old will be scarred for life! That is the only way to stop child predators!

  • May 2 years ago

    Now this is a true good cause for a GO FUND ME ACCOUNT FOR A GOOD LAWYER.

  • Margaret 2 years ago

    The 20 year did what I would have wanted him to do if that would have been my grandson. He should be given a medal. No it was not right to post the video. If it had been me I would have killed the bastard!!!! So to me the video was nothing of what could have been. Let’s just pray to God that 17 year old is never around a child again!!!’

  • Kathleen Kennel 2 years ago

    Please drop charges of the 20 year old!! What he witnessed was despicable! Come on now!!! Our judicial system is not doing their job by penalizing him for what he did to that poor little 5 year old!! That incident has destroyed him for life!! What if that was your son?? Wouldn’t you want someone to help your precious child??? Let him off. Please!! He has a child on the way!! Do your job!! Kathleen Kennel !!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Adam is a hero

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I believe that the 17 deserve to get his ass beat for touching that 5 year old although he could had just got the police but what would they have done but gave him a year and some months so I agree that he needed to get beat now other than that the video shouldn’t had been posted and he apologize for that so I don’t think he should get time for his action because if it was them and they kids they would’ve done the same thing and plus called the police

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      And to be honest he should be lucky that dude didn’t beat him to death

  • Phyllis Sayre 2 years ago

    I would’ve done the same i’m 55 years old I’m not sure what I could’ve done against a 17-year-old boy but he made a decision to sexually assault that little boy he should be traveled as an adult and he should be punished for extent of the law we need to set a present here the sexually salted against children needs to stop that young man that stopped him did the right thing everyone needs to stand behind him he’s right we need to stop this sexual predators I would like to thank you from the bottom my heart that could’ve been one of my kids one of my grandchildren thank you and don’t let anybody tell you you did wrong because you didn’t you stood up for what was right and that young man that did this he needs a one way ticket to hell in our system will put in there everyone needs to stand behind the system and help putting their

  • ADAM WIDLOWSKI 2 years ago

    Drop the charges! I would hope that anyone would do the same thing in this situation.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    i would have done the same thing

  • Carrie 2 years ago

    If you walked in on abuse happening, and did nothing…wouldn’t you be condoning that abuse too ? He did the right thing, he should not be punished for it! Rapists are almost always repeat offenders !!

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