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Woonsocket man charged with raping 10-year-old

 A 52-year old Woonsocket man is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl and telling police it was his way of providing sex education.

Michael Powell is being held without bond after being arraigned in District Court Monday on charges of first-and second-degree child molestation.

The Woonsocket Call reports Powell was charged with two incidents that allegedly occurred on April 11. He was arrested after police took statements from the girl and her mother and then interviewed Powell.

According to the arrest report, Powell initially denied any wrongdoing but then acknowledged that he had inappropriate contact with while trying to teach her about sex. Police say he told them he stopped because the girl told him it hurt.

Powell is due back in court on May 6.


 

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