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Charges: Cottage Grove man abused girl multiple times

Bradley James Van Houten

COTTAGE GROVE — A Cottage Grove man is facing criminal sexual conduct charges.

Bradley James Van Houten, 39, was arrested June 11 on suspicion of sexually abusing a victim under 13 years old several times before 2012.

According to a criminal complaint:

Authorities say Van Houten first abused the child when she was 11 or 12 years old, when he cornered her in her bedroom and started inappropriately touching her. Afterward, he reportedly told her, "don't tell."

He did this at least four times, in addition to exposing himself to the victim, the complaint states.

The girl's father reported the alleged abuse to the police in February after the victim asked her father how to be diagnosed with PTSD, eventually telling him about the abuse. She explained that she had started to experience anxiety and depression after the abuse ended.