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Connecticut man denies sexually molesting 2 girls

November 6, 2018

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A 24-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with sexually molesting two young girls whose families he knows.

The Norwich Bulletin reports that Jacob Rhoades, of Griswold, pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

State police received complaints from the parents of the two alleged victims who are now both 10 years old. Investigators say Rhoades kissed a girl he babysat multiple times in exchange for candy. Police say he molested a second girl multiple times and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

Rhoades denied the charges when interviewed by police. He asked a judge Monday for time to hire an attorney and was freed on $50,000 bond.

Rhoades formerly worked at the Griswold Youth Center.

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Information from: Norwich Bulletin, http://www.norwichbulletin.com

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