An Oregon man is facing nearly 100 sex crime charges for allegedly repeatedly raping an infant girl over the span of four months.
Corvallis police arrested Edd Lahar, 30, Thursday, a day after reportedly receiving a tip alleging the suspect had sexually-explicit images of an infant on his cellphone. Investigators who executed a search warrant at his home found evidence suggesting repeated sex crimes at Lahar’s hands, according to the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
Citing court documents, KEZI reported that the sexual abuse went on for four months—when the infant was younger than two months old—continuing until she was nine months. Investigators alleged Lahar initially claimed the illicit photos were taken by accident; police reportedly recovered child pornography on Lahar computer which had been deleted.
Though authorities said the victim is known to Lahar, their relationship remains undisclosed.
Lahar is being held on $6.7 million bail and reportedly has pleaded not guilty to the following charges:
- seven counts of first-degree sex abuse
- three counts of first-degree rape
- one count of first-degree sodomy,
- 15 counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct
- 15 counts of encouraging child sex abuse,
- 15 counts of possession of materials depicting the sexually explicit conduct of a child
- 15 counts of second-degree encouraging child sex abuse,
- seven counts of sexual misconduct
- seven counts of endangering the welfare of a minor
- seven counts of contributing to the sexual delinquency
- seven additional sex crimes charges
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Featured image: Edd Lahar/Benton County Sheriff’s Office]