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07-13-2016, 08:47 AM
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Man, 82, sexually abused girl for nearly 7 years, Cortland police say


updated July 13, 2016 at 11:20 AM

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Over the course of nearly seven years, a Cortland County man sexually abused a girl dozens of times, police say.

Arthur C. Ward, 82, of 58 Elm St., Cortland, was arrested Tuesday on 75 charges accusing him of abusing a child, said Lt. Rick Troyer, of the Cortland Police Department. The arrest came at the close of a seven-month investigation.

In January, police started investigating a report that a girl under 11 years old had been sexually abused by a friend of her family, Troyer said.

During the investigation, police learned Ward had forced the child to have sexual contact with him "numerous" times between September 2006 and August 2013, Troyer said. Police spoke with the victim at the Cortland County Child Advocacy Center during the investigation, he said.