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GREAT FALLS — A Great Falls man accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl over a five-year period has been charged with a felony.

Thirty-three-year-old Richard Peart made an initial appearance in Cascade County District Court Wednesday. Prosecutors say Peart had sexual intercourse with the girl, touched her and took nude photographs over the last five years.

He is charged with one felony count of engaging in sexual intercourse without consent. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

Peart is being held in the Cascade County Adult Regional Detention Center in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

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