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Kendall McLain, accused of molesting non-blood relative, is formally indicted

An Auburn man accused of molesting a young non-blood relative over several years in Franklin and Hill has been formally indicted on charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Kendall McLain, 45, waived an arraignment set for yesterday in Merrimack County Superior Court. He entered a not guilty plea late last month.

According to a police affidavit, the claims surfaced in January when the alleged victim, now 20, told investigators McLain had groped and rubbed his genitalia against her, and had performed other sexual acts while in contact with her.

The indictments, filed last month, divide the alleged abuse into two phases: in Hill between 2002 and 2006, when the woman was under 13; and in Franklin between 2006 and 2009, when she was under 16. McLain is charged with six felonies and two misdemeanors.

In an interview with investigators in January, the woman’s boyfriend said she disclosed the abuse to him late last year, saying it had taken place roughly between the ages of 8 and 12 to 14. She told him she had reported the assaults to her mother and grandmother but that neither believed her, he said, according to the affidavit.

McLain was arrested earlier this year and has been released on $1,000 cash bail, with condition that he has no contact with any minor under 16. He declined yesterday to comment on the claims. According to a record search by a court clerk, McLain has no major criminal history in the state.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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