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Man Ordered to Stand Trial on Sex Abuse Charges

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A Springville man accused of sexually abusing an Orem woman he met through an online dating service for Mormons has been bound over for trial.

Judge Samuel McVey found probable cause yesterday for 25-year-old Kent Parkinson to be tried on five counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse.

Parkinson also faces two counts in a similar case reported last year, but that woman was unable to attend the preliminary hearing because of a medical operation, and the preliminary hearing in that case was rescheduled.

Both women reportedly met Parkinson on L-D-S Mingle, an Internet-based dating service.

The Orem woman testified yesterday that Parkinson repeatedly touched her inappropriately under her clothing while they were at his home.

She said she kept saying "No" and "Why are you doing that?"

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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