Guardsman pleads not guilty in child sex case

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio National Guardsman has entered a not guilty plea to updated charges in a child sex abuse case.

Prosecutors accuse the guardsman of sexually abusing three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter and of abruptly sending a fourth adopted daughter out of state and threatening the children in the family with a similar fate to silence them.

The man's attorney entered a written not guilty plea in Union County court Thursday, leading to the cancellation of a Friday arraignment.

The man is charged with rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, intimidation and tampering with evidence. His wife is charged with intimidation, obstructing justice and evidence tampering.

The Associated Press isn't naming them to protect the children's identities.

The pair pleaded not guilty to their initial charges. Their attorneys aren't commenting.

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