70-year-old Peoria man accused of 34 counts of child molestation, other sex-related offenses


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PEORIA, Arizona — Authorities say a 70-year-old man has been arrested in Peoria on suspicion of 34 counts of child molestation and other sex-related offenses.

Peoria police say Martin Abitzsch allegedly had a long history of physically and sexually abusing two victims who are known to him.

They say the victims now are adults and came forward with the details of the case.

Police say the abuse allegedly occurred during a 10-year period when both female victims were underage.

Abitzsch has been booked into the downtown Phoenix jail and is being held without bond.

It was unclear Tuesday if Abitzsch has a lawyer yet.

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