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Bedford Co. man faces 2,400 charges related to child sexual abuse
By: WJAC Web Staff
EVERETT, Pa. -- A Bedford County man faces more than 2,400 charges of child sexual assault for allegedly abusing three girls for more than a decade, state police said.
State police at Bedford filed 2,426 charges against Michael William Edmonson, 45, of Everett, on Thursday for the incidents that spanned between 2002 and 2014, investigators said.
Edmonson faces numerous charges, including rape by threat, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children, police said.
Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins said the youngest victim came forward to police about the alleged abuse and that prompted state police to begin their investigation. The two other girls came forward while the investigation was underway.
"As a society we've no longer stigmatized victims," Higgins said. "We do more to support victims, it's not their fault. This person offended them, hurt them, and we're going to hold them accountable and that victim is in no way to blame."
Police said the victims are now ages 14, 22, and 23.
Investigators said the girls told police the assaults occurred multiple times each week and took place throughout the county, including Edmonson's Everett-area home, a farmhouse in the Chaneysville area and Edmonson's workplace prior to coworkers arriving.
Edmonson is in the Bedford County prison on $100,000 bail, court documents showed.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.