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Belle Vernon man facing child sex assault charges

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Richard Michael Meglaye

A Belle Vernon man is accused of sexually assaulting the daughter of a family friend over a six–year period.

Richard Meglaye, 35, is facing a number of felony charges including statutory sexually assault.

Meglaye turned himself into North Strabane Police Monday, according to WPXI-TV, a news partner of The Valley Independent.

According to the criminal complaint, Meglaye began the inappropriate relationship with the girl in 2008 when she was 11 years old. The girl allegedly told police he took her to a secluded area of a public park and began kissing her.

She told police he began having sex with her when she was 13 years old at unsupervised visits, providing her with alcohol and marijuana before the sexual assaults, according to WPXI.

The girl told police she wanted to come forward years ago but Meglaye allegedly told her that he would lose custody of his son.

He is charged with corruption of minors, indecent assault–person less than 13, aggravated indecent assault without consent and a person less than 13, intimidation of a witness, indeviate sexual intercourse, aggravated assault–person less than 16, indecent assault–person less than 16, and statutory sexual assault–11 years or older.

Meglaye was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jay Weller of Canonsburg and sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bond.

He faces a preliminary hearing before Weller at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 24.

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