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Newton man charged with second-degree sexual abuse

Stephen E. Palmer, 46, of Newton was charged last week with second-degree sexual abuse.

On May 20, a 14-year-old female reported Palmer had sexual contact with her more than once when she was 8 to 11 or 12 years old. During an interview on Wednesday, Palmer confessed to authorities he had sexual contact with the girl approximately five times and that the sexual contact ended approximately three years ago.

He was transported to the Jasper County Jail. A protective order has been issued between Palmer and the victim, and a preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. June 16.

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