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A man accused of sexually abusing children during orgies that involved X-rated movies waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday and was bound over to district court.

Ben Earl Nuttall, 56, was arrested last month in New Hampshire. He left the Salt Lake area in 1990 after West Valley police began investigating the alleged sexual abuse.Nuttall faces nine felonies and is accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old boy, an 8-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl. The abuse allegedly occurred during two orgies that involved picture-taking, object rape and pornographic movies.

Before the charges, Nuttall had gained notoriety as a hero. He was honored by Salt Lake police in May of 1990 for thwarting a robbery of two British tourists who were walking downtown.