For 10 years, Marika had tried to forget about Jimmy Lee Wheeler, the man she said sexually abused her as a little girl. Now she was headed toward his house, wearing a hidden wire and digital video recorder. Police hoped she'd be able to get Jimmy to confess. READ MORE
Local cases somewhat mirror national trends in child sexual abuse. The national statistics come from a July 2000 U.S. Department of Justice report based on almost 61,000 reported incidents of child sexual abuse between 1991 and 1996.