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Published March 22, 2012, 10:13 PM

Moorhead man charged in second child molestation case

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Clay County prosecutors waited nine days to file charges against a Moorhead man accused of sexually abusing girls. The lapse in time raises the question: What took so long?

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

Clay County prosecutors waited nine days to file charges against a Moorhead man accused of sexually abusing girls. The lapse in time raises the question: What took so long?

Jon Pabody was arrested March 12th after turning himself into police for molesting two children, a three and seven year old. It wasn't until Wednesday that a formal felony was filed in the latter case.

Court records show the 53 year-old admitted to police and his wife that he forced the girl to perform oral sex on him in a bathroom at their home daycare. She says he threatened to spank her if she didn't do what he said.

Prosecutors approved this latest criminal sexual conduct charge on the 21st. It carries a 30 year sentence. Police tell us the charge comes after a thorough investigation, which took longer than the other case. They had to talk with Pabody's wife and girl and a child advocate in the days following his arrest.

Lt. Tory Jacobson – Moorhead Police Department: “Certainly, he's been in custody this entire time. The investigation is still ongoing so you know it's not uncommon for a complaint to come out a few days later.”

There could be more victims, but police have not identified any. Pabody is to be in court tomorrow. He declined our request for an interview. Prosecutors did not return our calls.

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