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Man Charged With Abusing Girl

A Marshall County man is facing felony sex abuse charges after investigators said he molested a young girl for several years.

Todd Eli Long, 33, of 665 Chesterfield Drive, Wheeling, was charged Monday with sexual assault and six counts of sex abuse after Marshall County deputies said he molested the girl on at least six occasions since 2013, beginning when she was 7.

The girl spoke to deputies Oct. 22 and told them of the alleged abuse, court documents indicate. She then spoke to investigators at the Harmony House victims advocacy center in Wheeling the following day and went into more detail about the abuse, police said.

Investigators later interviewed Long, who denied the allegations. He is free on $100,000 percentage bond and is awaiting a pre-trial hearing at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 before Marshall County Magistrate Tom Wood.

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