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Published October 30, 2009, 09:14 AM

Grafton Man Testifies in Own Defense

A man charged in Grafton with sexually abusing a child has testified in his own defense and denied the charge.

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) - A man charged in Grafton with sexually

abusing a child has testified in his own defense and denied the

charge.

Ciro Gomez said "no sir" twice when he was asked in court if

he abused the girl and if he did so repeatedly.

Jurors are preparing to deliberate the fate of Gomez, who is

charged with continuos sexual abuse of a child. The charge carries

a maximum penalty of life without parole.

The girl testified that she liked Gomez when he moved in with

her mother in June last year. She said the abuse started almost

immediately after that, until his arrest in January this year.

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