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SEX-ABUSE CHARGES ARE FILED AGAINST S.L. COUNTY STEPDAD

Four felony sex-abuse charges have been filed against a Salt Lake County man who prosecutors say raped his stepdaughter and forced a niece to fondle him.

The stepdaughter contracted a sexually transmitted disease as a result of the rape, court documents state.Charges filed last week in 3rd Circuit Court include first-degree felony counts of rape and sodomy of a child, aggravated sexual abuse of a child, and a second-degree count of sexual abuse of a child.

The documents state the man, 38, committed the crimes between May 1995 and August 1995, when he forced his then 12-year-old stepdaughter to have sexual intercourse, perform lewd acts and fondle him.

A medical examination of the girl indicated she had scarring and had a sexually transmitted disease.

According to the charges, the man also forced a niece, then 13, to fondle him. A warrant has been issued for the man's arrest. Bail is set at $150,000.