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A Westminster area man is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond on rape and sexual assault charges tied to alleged sex acts involving his teen-age stepdaughter and her younger sister.

The man is accused of having sexual relations with his teen-age stepdaughter, and recently forcing her younger sister to watch the sex acts and engage in perverted sex acts with him, said state police Cpl. Wayne Moffatt, a spokesman for the Carroll County Child Abuse-Sexual Assault Unit.

The suspect was charged with second-degree rape, and second- and third-degree sexual offenses involving the teen-ager and with a fourth-degree sexual offense involving the younger sister.

Corporal Moffatt said the suspect was arrested Friday, a day after police received a complaint that the man had been sexually abusing the older girl for about three years. The spokesman declined to identify the complainant.

The suspect was scheduled for a bail review hearing in District Court yesterday, but the hearing was postponed so the man could hire an attorney. Names of the suspect and victims were not released, to protect the victims' privacy.

Investigators said other girls live in the suspect's house, and additional criminal charges are expected.

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