- Associated Press - Friday, July 7, 2017

WESTWEGO, La. (AP) - A Louisiana man who authorities say repeatedly sexually abused a 7-year-old girl has been arrested.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports 36-year-old Edward Cusimano Jr. was charged with two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and two counts of sexual battery. He was initially arrested June 26 and rebooked for additional charges June 30.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office alerted Westwego police on June 3 to allegations that Cusimano inappropriately touched the girl.

Westwego police spokesman Lt. Eric Orlando says Cusimano was an acquaintance of the girl’s family. In interviews with the Children’s Advocacy Center, the girl recounted several occurrences of sexual abuse in what Cusimano told her was “private time.”

It’s unclear if Cusimano has a lawyer.

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