Connecticut man denies sexually molesting 2 girls

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A 24-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with sexually molesting two young girls whose families he knows.

The Norwich Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/2D7DekR) that Jacob Rhoades, of Griswold, pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

State police received complaints from the parents of the two alleged victims who are now both 10 years old. Investigators say Rhoades kissed a girl he babysat multiple times in exchange for candy. Police say he molested a second girl multiple times and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

Rhoades denied the charges when interviewed by police. He asked a judge Monday for time to hire an attorney and was freed on $50,000 bond.

Rhoades formerly worked at the Griswold Youth Center.

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