An 85-year-old man has been accused of over six decades of child abuse. Marvin E. Petersen of Spokane, Washington was arrested last week after being accused of raping and molesting girls dating back to the 1950s.
According to The Spokesman, Petersen was arrested after detectives spoke to alleged victims, who were between 4 and 13 years old when they were abused. The victims claimed that they came forward in 1969 but police discouraged them of testifying for their own “well-being.”
At least nine victims and witnesses, many of them related to the accused, have since been interviewed by the police.
Petersen has no history of criminal convictions. He faces two counts of first-degree child rape and charges of child molestation and unlawful imprisonment. He is currently being held in the Spokane County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
[Photo: Spokane County Sheriff’s Office]
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