The man accused of sexually assaulting a child was a family friend, police say.

SPRINGFIELD TWP.  A township man has been jailed as the result of a police investigation into the sexual assault of a 7-year-old child.

Keith Morris, 48, of Shadybrook Drive, was arrested on a single count of rape involving a child, according to a news release from Sgt. Eric East of the township police department.

East said the allegations against Morris "came to light after the 7-year-old victim's parents noticed signs of physical sexual abuse."

Morris, who was a friend of the victim's family, admitted to impropriety when detectives questioned him, East said.

Morris was arrested and booked into the Summit County Jail, where he remained Tuesday, held in lieu of $1 million bond.

Detectives are "investigating the possibility of other victims," East said.

East said anyone with information about the case or other incidents should contact police at 330-784-1609.

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