Accused molester released on bond, allowed to return to victim's neighborhood

CREATED Feb. 15, 2013

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RACINE - A family is full of fear and outrage after a man accused of sex assault is set free. The suspect's house is very close to where the victim lives.

The girl’s father said his daughter is too scared to go outside in her own neighborhood. She told police a neighbor rubbed his hands all over her body. Now, he's back home, waiting for trial.

This father is so upset about what happened to his daughter, he can barely talk.

“She's tormented by it, it's hurting her, it's killing her,” said the victim’s father.

But he is talking, hoping something can be done. His 8-year-old daughter told police she was outside playing with friends, when a neighbor ran up to her, unzipped her coat and placed his hands under her shirt.

Court records show Robert Lambkin confessed to the crime, and later, even admitted to touching the girl between her legs.

“I'm falling apart,” said the father. “I can't believe someone like that, that I know did something like that to her.”

Lambkin was charged with sex assault of a child Wednesday. But what's upsetting this family even more is that he was released from jail and allowed to go home with an electronic monitor. Neighbors said this family is being victimized all over again.

“I like my neighborhood and I don't want this going on and I want to make sure everybody knows in this neighborhood that they need to keep their kids safe,” said Sara Tebelius, a neighbor.

The victim’s father said victim advocates and police say there is nothing they can do. And his family has found themselves hiding from the man they say did the unthinkable.

The father said he feels trapped inside his home. “I am,” he said. “I am and I'm not about to leave my house, why should I leave and him stay? It's not right.”