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Man in jail for sexually abusing daughter

Man in jail for sexually abusing daughter



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LEHI -- A Lehi man is facing 25 counts of forcible sexual abuse after he told police he had been sexually abusing his own teenage daughter.

Word of the abuse first came forward when the victim, now an adult, confided in a camp counselor during the summer, saying she had been repeatedly abused since she was 13.

"The victim disclosed she had been abused by her father," said Lehi Police Lt. Darren Paul.

Paul says when they were alerted to the abuse, they questioned the man and he talked openly about what happened. He said he abused the girl routinely, a couple of times each month.

The victim kept quiet about the abuse for years. "She had tried to just forget that it had occurred," Paul said.

Court documents say the man also showed the girl pornography and that he had tried to download child pornography but couldn't find any. Police do not think the man has harmed any other victims.

The man also faces six counts of forcible sodomy and three counts of dealing harmful materials to a minor.

KSL is not identifying the suspect to protect the victim.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

Randall Jeppesen

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