For years, police say, a Boynton Beach man may have been raping children after moving in with their single moms.
Jackson Pridemore, 49, was arrested this week on charges of raping one girl beginning when she was 7 years old, until she was 11.
He lived with the girl and her mother in Boynton Beach and would force the girl to have sex while her mother was at work, police said.
Investigators think he may have raped other children as well. He had been accused previously of moving in with women and assaulting their children while the mothers were away, police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said Friday.
“When Pridemore was taken into custody at his home west of Boynton Beach yesterday, he was found to be living with another single mother,” Slater said.
Police are urging anyone with information about similar cases to call the police department at.
In the Boynton Beach cases, the mother of the girl, now 13, came across an entry in her daughter’s diary addressed to Pridemore. It stated, “You raped me for about three years,” according to an arrest report.
The girl and mother now live in Kentucky.
Pridemore is charged with sexual assault on a child under the age of 12.