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PROVO — A man accused of raping a minor girl for a period of about four years appeared Wednesday in Fourth District Court, where his charges were bound over.

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The suspect, Michael Christen, of Orem, is accused of two counts of forcible sodomy, three counts of rape, and one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felony charges. He is also accused of one count of possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

The girl appeared in court Wednesday to testify against Christen, 52, who was living in the same home as the girl when the crimes reportedly took place. She said she was 13 at the time of the first offense.

She said Christen took her to a trailer near their Orem home, locked the door, pulled down his pants and showed her his penis. He then told her to take off her pants.

She said they did not engage in sex at the time, though she said a similar event happened a few weeks later and it was “the first time he tried having sex with me.”

She said Christen then had sex with her again on her 14th birthday. She said those three times were not the only times Christen sexually abused her.

Sometime later, the victim told her sister and her sister’s friend about what had been happening between her and Christen. They told her she needed to tell police about what was happening, though she had not yet told her mother.

She reportedly didn’t tell her mother because she was afraid her mother would hurt herself. Her older sisters had also experienced sexual assault, and said that if ever happened again, her mother told her she would want to die.

The girl spoke with police, and Christen was arrested June 9. The girl is now living with her sister and her sister’s friend in Provo.

Detective Kevin Mallory of the Orem Police Department testified in court that officers had also obtained a search warrant for the trailer on the day of the arrest. Officers reportedly found methamphetamine and a glass pipe in a little box in the trailer. Mallory also said Orem Junior High was within about 1,000 feet.

However, Jennifer Foresta, Christen’s attorney, does not believe proper measurements were made to see whether or not the home was indeed a drug-free zone, and said the house may have been just outside the required distance for charges to be enhanced.

Regardless, Judge Fred Howard ruled the evidence and testimony were sufficient to bind Christen over on his charges.

His arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 9, when he will enter his plea.







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