More charges against child murder suspect

Temple Terrace, FL -- A suspect in the disappearance and murder of little Felecia Williams is now accused of even more crimes.

Overnight, police filed new charges against 35-year-old Granville Ritchie, including four counts of having sex with a minor. Police say those charges are not directly related to 9-year-old Felecia, whose body was found near the Courtney Campbell bridge this past weekend.

Instead, they're part of a disturbing revelation made in the course the investigation into Felecia's death.

At a news conference late Wednesday, Temple Terrace Police Chief Ken Albano said with Ritchie now behind bars, anyone who'd been hesitating to come forward with information could now do so without fear of retribution.

"Help us bring the murderer of this little girl to justice," said Chief Albano.

And now it appears another young girl has done just that.

Detectives say during their investigation, a girl who they thought may have been a witness in Felecia's case disclosed to them that Ritchie had sexual contact with her four times in the past month.

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There was no answer at Ritchie's Riverview apartment Thursday morning. Neighbors who looked at his photograph say they don't recognize the 35-year-old, but were shocked to find out they were living so close to a man police have named a suspect in such a horrific crime.

"I live right here – and he lived right there!" said Paula Fontanec, pointing toward Ritchie's apartment.

It was not yet clear whether the little girl who came forward to make the sexual allegations against Ritchie lives at the Doral Oaks apartments in Temple Terrace. That's where police say family friend Eboni Wiley brought Felecia before her disappearance.

After learning of the newest charges against Ritchie, neighbors like Larry Burns say with another little girl now coming forward, Temple Terrace police have that much more reason to try to keep Ritchie behind bars.

"It didn't sit well from the beginning. And if this young girl is able to shed some light on what's going on, then I'm all for it, 100 percent," he said.

The FBI is now offering a $10,000 reward in this case, along with $3,000 offered by Crimestoppers. Anyone who may have additional information about these incidents should contact the Temple Terrace Police Department at (813) 989-7110.

In court on Thursday, Ritchie received bond on an unrelated drug charge however, he was ultimately denied bond for charges of having sex with a minor.

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Ritchie says he will hire an attorney and is scheduled to appear in court, attorney in tow, next week.


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