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Abuse lasted decade, Alle-Kiski girl claims

| Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 11:12 p.m.

An Alle-Kiski girl testified on Tuesday that she was repeatedly assaulted during a 10-year period starting when she was 5.

Shawn Alan Bracken, 36, of Vandergrift is on trial in Westmoreland County Court for allegedly assaulting the girl in homes in Vandergrift and Allegheny Township, according to township and Vandergrift police.

Charges were filed in December 2011.

In more than 90 minutes of testimony, the alleged victim said the assaults came to light because Bracken secretly took nude photos of her while she was getting out of a shower.

The girl, who remained calm throughout her testimony, said the photo incident occurred when she was 15, and it followed a series of sexual assaults from the time she was 5 until she was 14.

The assaults stopped for a time, the girl said, but resumed and culminated with the photo incident.

The alleged victim told her stepmother that Bracken took her photo, and her stepmother contacted police.

The girl is expected to resume testimony when the trial continues on Wednesday morning before Judge Chris Feliciani.

Chuck Brittain is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at cbrittain@tribweb.com.

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