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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

In the 12 years Jannah Bailey has been running Child Protect in Montgomery, she can't recall anything so vile, so shocking as to the charges against 31-year old Steven Conrad of Tallassee.

"As of a mother and grandmother I can't even fathom what goes on in people's heads," said Bailey.

Conrad faces more than 80 counts of sexual abuse, rape and sodomy against children under 12-years old. Tallassee police say some were children of the women Conrad dated. Investigators say the abuse started 11 years ago and some of the victims were abused more than once.

Today, Bailey's staff interviewed 6 of the 8 victims. It was part investigative to help law enforcement and part healing, pointing the children to the road of recovery.

"Are there going to be scars and memories? Absolutely. This now becomes part of who these children are," Bailey said.

On Worthington Circle in Tallassee where some of the alleged abuse took place in Conrad's mobile home, neighbor Cecil Chandler is still reeling from the shock of it all.

"I've never heard anything like this, man. It's messed up," Chandler said.

Former Tallassee mayor George McCain doesn't recall hearing Steven Conrad's name until now.

"I've never heard anything this bad in this town," said McCain.

WSFA 12 News has learned that among the 8 victims, the youngest is a 3-MONTH old infant boy, and according to sources very close to the investigation, the baby boy is Conrad's own son.

In fact, Tallassee police are already on the record as saying Steven Conrad abused some of his other children although police declined to say just how many of the 8 belong to him. Police say Conrad has confessed to it all.

"I don't want to even think about it," said a shakened Bailey.

What sickens Bailey just as much is the fact three other suspects face the lone charge of not 'reporting a sexual abuse.' Police say the three including Conrad's wife, 26-year old Brandy Conrad, knew about at least one case but didn't report it.  Bond has been denied for all four suspects.

While all of this continues to unravel in Tallassee, Steven Conrad remains in the Tallassee city jail under suicide watch.

Conrad is expected to make his first court appearance on the charges next week in Elmore County.

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