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Man accused of sexually abusing minor
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A Manchester man accused of sexually abusing a young girl multiple times over the course of several years was arrested Tuesday.

Andrew McAllister Lermond, 43, of the 2800 block of Manchester St., is facing one count of sex abuse of a minor, continuing course of conduct; two counts of sex abuse of a minor; and one count of third-degree sex offense.

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The now-12-year-old girl told police and investigators from the Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center that Lermond began abusing her when she was 6 or 7 years old, and the abuse continued until she was 10, according to the charging documents filed in Carroll County District Court.

The girl told investigators the abuse occurred five to six times a year, according to the documents.

In August, the girl's mother contacted Lermond on the phone and engaged him in a conversation about the allegations while police monitored the call, according to the documents.

During the conversation, Lermond allegedly admitted to touching the girl in the genital area over her clothing once and to showing her his genitals, as well as another incident in which he said their genitals might have touched, according to the documents.

Lermond also told the mother that anything that occurred between him and the girl happened because the girl initiated it, according to the charging documents.

Lermond also admitted during the phone conversation to an incident on Christmas Day 2012 in which he allegedly gave the girl $20 to pull up her shirt and pull down her pants, according to the documents.

A warrant for Lermond's arrest was issued Friday and served Tuesday. He was arrested and later released from the Carroll County Detention Center on $150,000 bond, according to electronic court records. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 15 in Carroll County District Court.

Editor's note: The Carroll County Times does not identify victims of alleged sexual assault.

Reach S. Wayne Carter Jr. at 410-857-7879 or email wayne.carter@carrollcountytimes.com.

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