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Published March 13, 2012, 07:07 PM

Moorhead man confesses to abusing child at wife's daycare

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A Moorhead man says he sexually abused a 3 year-old girl at his wife's daycare. Fifty-three year-old Jon Pabody is in custody at the Clay County jail. He faces a felony for first degree criminal sexual conduct.

A Moorhead man says he sexually abused a 3 year-old girl at his wife's daycare. Fifty-three year-old Jon Pabody is in custody at the Clay County jail. He faces a felony for first degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to a complaint filed in Clay County court, Jon Pabody confessed to police Monday morning that he coaxed the girl into performing oral sex. The victim's mother called social services last week. He told police it happened two and a half years ago at 2709 14th Street South.

The complaint says Pabody told police it only happened once, while his wife was at the other daycare she owns. Pabody's wife's already closed both daycares voluntarily. Moorhead police are investigating.

Lt. Brad Penas – Moorhead Police: "There will more information at a later time, but right now the suspect in this investigation is in custody, and I cannot elaborate any further on the specifics of this investigation at this point in time.”

Pabody faces up to 30 years in prison, and a $40,000 fine. His next court appearance is March 23rd.

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