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Suspect charged with sexual abuse

May 17, 2010 11:36:00 PM - thestate.com

A 70-year-old Springfield man has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing two Lexington sisters since the mid-1990s.

Dan Arthur Martin was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under the age of 11 and two counts of committing a lewd act on a child who was under the age of 16, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. He was arrested after an investigation by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, S.C. State Law Enforcement Division and U.S. Marshals Service. He is awaiting a bond hearing at the Lexington County Detention Center.

The sexual assaults allegedly began in 1995, and each sister told investigators that the abuse had started at age 5, according a report released by the Sheriff’s Department. The girls are now 17 and 19 years old. The girls’ father reported the sexual abuse to a school resource officer that works where his younger daughter attends school.

Martin allegedly has associated himself with numerous families that include young children, the Sheriff’s Department said. Anyone with information about inappropriate activity involving Martin and children should call the Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at (888) 274-6372.

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