A Marshall man was taken into custody Monday evening, July 27, after allegations were made that he sexually molested three girls over a period of more than eight years, according to court documents released Tuesday, July 28.
Bond for Clifford J. Ray, 44, was set at $50,000, cash only.
Ray faces 20 counts, including six counts of class B felony first-degree child molestation, six counts of unclassified felony first-degree statutory sodomy, and eight counts of second-degree class C felony statutory sodomy.
If convicted, Ray could be sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for the child molestation charges, not less than 10 years or life in prison for the first-degree statutory sodomy charges and up to seven years in prison or up to one year in county jail and/or up to $5,000 fine for the second-degree statutory sodomy charges.
The investigation began Saturday, July 25, when a parent of the alleged victims reported the incidents to Saline County sheriff's deputies, according to a sheriff's department report.
According to deputies, the molestation occurred over a period of about 8 1/2 years, when the girls ranged in age from 8 to 16.
,em>Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.