An Oregon man is facing a slew of criminal charges after prosecutors say he repeatedly raped an infant and captured the abuse on his cell phone.
Edd Lahar, 30, has been charged with three counts of rape, seven counts of sexual abuse and seven counts of encouraging sexual abuse, among a series of other charges against him, according to a statement from the Corvallis Police Department.
Police arrested Lahar on Jan. 31 after receiving information the day earlier that Lahar allegedly had sexually explicit images of a child on his cell phone.
After executing a search warrant at his residence, they found "additional evidence" and uncovered "numerous incidents of sex crimes" against the infant girl, police said.
Benton County prosecutors have alleged that Lahar sexually abused the child last June, July, August and also in January, according to The Oregonian.
The alleged abuse began when the child was less than two months old, KEZI reports.
If convicted, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson told the local station that Lahar could face life in prison for the abuse.
“As a prosecutor, one of our top priorities is to protect our most vulnerable citizens,” he said. “It’s hard to imagine anyone more vulnerable than an infant.”
No information was available about the child’s current condition.
Mike Flinn, Lahar’s attorney, told KEZI he plans to present a vigorous defense of his client.
Lahar is being held at the Benton County Jail on a $6.7 million bail, according to the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
[Photo: Benton County Jail]
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