Westminster man is charged with molesting nieces, a boy

July 19, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 46-year-old Westminster man has been indicted on child sexual abuse offenses that allegedly spanned 12 years and involved two nieces and an unrelated boy, police said.

The man is not being identified to protect the privacy of the children.

Police said they began investigating the allegations of one of the man's nieces, who said she was abused between 1982 and 1993.

The girl was 5 years old at the time the alleged abuse began, court records show.

Detective Doug Johnston of the Westminster Police Department reported learning of a second niece who said she was sexually assaulted between 1987 and 1994. She was 7 years old when jTC the alleged abuse began.

The boy told police he was 6 years old when he was abused during a four-month period in 1983, court records show.

The suspect, who was released Wednesday after relatives posted a $50,000 property bond, is charged in a grand jury indictment on four counts of third-degree sexual offense, four counts of a fourth-degree sexual offense, three counts of child abuse, three counts of battery and two counts of indecent


Third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses involve inappropriate touching and actions.

Pub Date: 7/19/96

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