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Published March 13, 2012, 02:26 PM

Man accused of abusing girl at wife's day care

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A 53-year-old Moorhead man is charged with sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl at his wife's home day care. Jon Ralph Pabody (PAY'-bah-dee) appeared in Clay County court Tuesday on a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He had turned himself in to police Monday.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A 53-year-old Moorhead man is charged with sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl at his wife's home day care.

Jon Ralph Pabody (PAY'-bah-dee) appeared in Clay County court Tuesday on a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He had turned himself in to police Monday.

The Forum (http://bit.ly/wa2DaC) reports the alleged abuse happened while Pabody's wife was away at her other day care center.

Assistant County Attorney Pamela Harris says Pabody's wife voluntarily closed both day cares after the allegation arose.

According to the complaint, the girl's mother contacted Social Services and reported that her 5-year-old daughter had been sexually abused when she was 3 by Pabody at the home day care.

Bail was set at $100,000 cash or bond. Pabody's next court appearance is set for March 23.

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