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Valparaiso man charged with child sex assault at Lincoln church
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Valparaiso man charged with child sex assault at Lincoln church

A rural Valparaiso man stands accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl at a north Lincoln church in October, according to court documents. 

Christian J. Hughes, 21, of 9403 W. Rock Circle, turned himself in to the jail Tuesday morning, and prosecutors charged him later that day with first-degree sexual assault of a child.

The alleged assault happened between 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Oct. 23 at Calvary Community Church, 4400 N. First St., according to Lincoln police.

According to a probable cause affidavit for Hughes' arrest, he didn't know the girl's name but had talked with her before. The alleged assault happened in a family bathroom after a worship service, the document says.

The document says the girl told a relative about the incident in December and was interviewed by the Child Advocacy Center on Dec. 29.

On Jan. 10, police interviewed Hughes, who is developmentally delayed, Investigator Troy Cockle wrote in the affidavit.

On Tuesday, a judge appointed the Lancaster County Public Defender's office to represent Hughes, set his bond at $750,000 and ordered him not to contact the girl or anyone else younger than 16.

Police said they're still investigating.

Chief Deputy Lancaster County Public Defender Bob Hayes is representing Hughes but couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

Hughes, who is an Eagle Scout, remained in jail Wednesday. His father, Marty Hughes, is administrator at Parkview Christian School, which adjoins the church. He didn't return a call, and church Executive Director Jeff Ryan said church officials have no comment.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2657 or rjohnson@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSRileyJohnson.

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Riley Johnson reports on local government in Lincoln.

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