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Dona Ana County man indicted on child sex abuse charges
By: Jesse Martinez
DONA ANA COUNTY, N.M. A 53-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting an underage family member was indicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual penetration, deputies said.
According to officials with the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office, Hiram James Morris was arrested Aug. 13 and charged as well with one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Officials said Morris engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a female family member who was 4 years old when the contact began.
Morris was left alone with the victim several times and touched her inappropriately, officials said. They said the victim told her father and stepmother, who then called police.
Morris was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond. He bonded out the next day.