Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Paul Oliver Charged with Sexual Asault

A City Point man has been charged with sexual assault after inappropriately touching his daughter for about two years.

Paul N. Oliver, 53, was charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with repeated sexual assault of a child. Oliver, a convicted sex offender in Michigan, reportedly physically abused one of his daughters at 9 years old and later began sexually touching her, according to the criminal complaint.

The daughter, now 20, reported the incidents last February after a social worker contacted her to discuss possible past and present abuse in the household. The woman, who has since moved out, said her father started abusing her when she was 9, beginning with an incident where he reportedly slammed her head into a wall when she didn’t do laundry. She recounted another incident about six years later when he pushed her head into a wall, choking her and breaking her glasses because she looked at him defiantly.

According to the complaint, the woman said the sexual abuse started when she was 15 when Oliver would grab her breasts and buttocks, claiming he was trying to teach her “what it was like in the real world.” She said sometimes he would pin her down while other times he would remove her shirt.

The woman said she told her mother about the abuse, but the mother reportedly said Oliver was acting like that because he was on medications. The mother also reportedly made the daughter rub Oliver’s back after an injury, according to the complaint.

The woman told authorities that Oliver frequently physically abused her and her siblings, although there was only one other incident where Oliver sexually touched one of the other children, the complaint stated.

Oliver has an initial appearance set for July 13. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment and a $100,000 fine.

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