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Man accused of sexual assault on 10-year-old girl is released

A 10-year-old girl told a St. Louis County sheriff's investigator that Taylor Herman Maranell invited her and two friends, also 10, into his room, moved a chair to the door, pulled out a handgun, showed them that it was loaded, and made them watc...

A 10-year-old girl told a St. Louis County sheriff's investigator that Taylor Herman Maranell invited her and two friends, also 10, into his room, moved a chair to the door, pulled out a handgun, showed them that it was loaded, and made them watch a pornographic movie.

That information was contained in a criminal complaint charging the 20-year-old Maranell with five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly engaging in sexual penetration with a victim younger than 13 with the abuse involving multiple acts committed over an extended period of time.

Maranell, of Tyler, Minn., made his first appearance Thursday in St. Louis County District Court. He was released without bail and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.

According to the criminal complaint, Maranell let the girls out of the room the morning after watching the movie. One of the girls said that Maranell sexually assaulted her for the first time two weeks later with her brother sleeping in the same bed.

That assault started a pattern of abuse where the girl said she was sexually assaulted twice a month from November 2005 until March 2008.

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Maranell's next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 16.

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