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Forum staff reports, Published March 30 2011

Felton man accused of sexually abusing teen

MOORHEAD – A 47-year-old Felton man was charged Tuesday with sex abuse after he was accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl while she was sleeping.

Eugene Lee Rushton was charged in Clay County District Court with four counts of criminal sexual conduct in connection with the allegations.

Rushton is being held in the Clay County Jail after his arrest early Sunday by Clay County deputies, who were called to the residence where the sexual assault was reported at 1:40 a.m.

In an initial court appearance on Tuesday, bail was set at $100,000.

Court records allege that a 15-year-old girl told deputies she awoke on a couch to find Rushton inappropriately touching her. She yelled at him to stop, and he did, she told deputies.

Deputies allege Rushton admitted touching the girl, whom he knew, according to court records.

Rushton is a moderate-risk sex offender with past convictions for sex abuse in 1992 and 1998, according to the criminal complaint.