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Afton man accused of sexual assault

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An Afton man was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after a woman accused him of abusing her when she was 8 years old.


Charles Arthur Bell, 61, appeared in court Feb. 13 on the charges, which each carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

Washington County investigators first received a report on Bell in September 2012 after a 20-year-old woman came forward with allegations of sexual molestation.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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