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By Valley News Dispatch
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

A Vandergrift man is accused of sexually assaulting an Alle-Kiski Valley girl when she was as young as 5.

Shawn Alan Bracken, 36, of Bryant St., is accused of assaulting the girl in a Vandergrift house and in a house in Allegheny Township, according to affidavits filed by Allegheny Township and Vandergrift police.

He is accused of secretly taking nude photos of her when she was 15 and of inappropriately touching her when she was 10 to 13 and again at age 14.

Bracken was arraigned on Tuesday by District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec at her Allegheny Township office.

She ordered him sent to the Westmoreland County prison in lieu of $75,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 17.

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