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Man Charged With Rape of Young Girl
Posted on: 09/23/2013
By  Mike Cullums
 
Marietta Police have arrested a local man, 33-year-old Phillip Edward Aaron Pruden, on a first-degree felony count of rape, following a two-day investigation into child sexual abuse.
 
A statement of facts provided by the police department relates that police were initially contacted on Friday by Washington County Children’s Services regarding the rape of an 11-year-old girl by her ex-stepfather.
 
Caseworkers related that the victim said her ex-stepfather had repeatedly performed a variety of sex acts on her, and forced her to perform sex acts on him. The victim related that all of the incidents took place at her grandmother’s residence at 852 Greene Street.
The victim said the abuse had gone on for about a year, with the latest incident in late August.
 
Police say that last month’s incident occurred while Pruden was out on bond, awaiting sentencing on a previous sex abuse conviction.
 
Police spoke with the victim’s guardian, who said she had spoken by telephone with Pruden, who is currently incarcerated. She stated that Pruden admitted to her that sexual abuse had occurred; that the girl was the only victim; and that he was sorry.
 
Investigators obtained a copy of the recorded jail phone conversation and confirmed that Pruden had acknowledged sex acts with the victim.
 
Police then spoke with Pruden’s mother on Greene Street, who told them she had confronted her son during a recent jail visit and he had admitted to the acts, stating that he “had a problem.”
 
On Saturday morning, the main investigating officer went to the Washington County Jail and interviewed Pruden, who admitted to numerous incidents of sexual contact over a one-year period; that he knew it was wrong; but he had “a difficult time stopping himself.”
 
Pruden was then charged with first-degree felony rape. He's being held on $100,000 bond while serving a six-month sentence on the previous conviction.   
 
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