A man pleaded guilty Tuesday, less than a month after he was arrested, to charges that he sexually abused two girls.
Kevin Lee Ward, 45, of Woodlawn Drive in Hudson pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with a child.
He came under investigation Jan. 5 after one of the girls told a friend at school about it.
The abuse took place between 2012 and 2014, Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Mathews said in Caldwell Superior Court.
When law enforcement officers spoke with Ward, he admitted to abusing the girl, describing the same set of circumstances that the girl detailed in her interview with investigators, Mathews said.
The girl told interviewers that when Ward abused her, he told her not to tell anyone “or something would happen,” Mathews said.
The girl’s older sister, who is now an adult, told investigators that Ward had also sexually abused her.
Ward told investigators he stopped the abuse because he felt guilty.
Ward’s attorney, Joe Delk IV, asked Judge Daniel Kuehnert to sentence Ward to probation, saying that Ward wants to get out of jail and continue supporting his family financially.
Mathews asked Kuehnert to send Ward to prison.
The girl’s mother, who spoke in court, said that her daughter did not want to go to therapy but that she was not opposed to sending her.
Kuehnert sentenced Ward to 14-26 months in prison and five years of probation.
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