Man accused of sexually abusing girl for years

Man accused of sexually abusing girl for years

IZARD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Sheriff's deputies arrested a man they say sexually abused a young girl for years.

Melvin Butgereit, 51, of Horseshoe Bend is charged with sexual assault in the second degree, a Class B felony.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence says Butgereit is accused of having "inappropriate sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl."

The victim reportedly told investigators the abuse began when she was 7 or 8 years old.

The child said Butgereit also took photographs of her in the nude. She also said she found cameras in the bathroom where she showered.

The abuse continued until December 2015 when witnesses said Butgereit "stated that he needed help and knew that it was wrong to desire sex with a 12-year-old" and checked himself into rehabilitation for treatment.

On Feb. 2, deputies arrested him.

He is being held in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in circuit court on Feb. 16.

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