Saturday, July 18, 2009

Louis Paul Jr Arrested for Sexual Abuse

A 66-year-old man has been charged with four misdemeanors for allegedly sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl and making inappropriate comments to two other girls, police said.

Louis A. Paul Jr., of county Route 68, faces a charge of third-degree sexual abuse and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child after an investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

He is accused of fondling a 13-year-old girl he knows, and making sexual comments to the girl and two other teenage girls, said Washington County sheriff's Investigator Bruce Hamilton. Hamilton said he was arrested on similar charges in connection with a different girl in February, and the other girls came forward after learning of his arrest.

The sexual abuse charge is a felony and not a misdemeanor because he is not accused of forcing the girl to have sexual contact, and she is over the age of 11. If she was under 11, the sexual abuse count would be a felony.

Paul was released pending prosecution in White Creek Town Court. Hamilton was assisted in the case by Washington County Child Protective Services.

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