PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A South Providence man is accused of repeatedly raping a 9-year-old girl and holding her down with duct tape.
The Providence Journal reports that Charles E. Pona was arrested Wednesday.
Providence police say the girl, who is a relative, said Pona had been molesting her since Christmas 2011. She said she bit him the first time he tried to molest her.
She says the next time he used duct tape to hold her down.
Police were notified on Aug. 2 when the girl's mother brought her to Hasbro Children's Hospital.
Pona was charged with first-degree child molestation and two counts of second-degree child molestation. He denied the charges.
He was ordered held without bail.
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