A 35-year-old man from Licking is charged with sexually abusing a girl, Texas County Sheriff Scott Lindsey said Thursday afternoon.

Ryan L. Blazier is charged with three counts of  child molestation (a class A felony) and felony statutory sodomy. His bond is set at $1 million.

Lindsey said on Monday his department initiated an investigation based on information from the Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services. A county deputy and an Children’s Division investigator questioned the reported 11-year-old victim. The South Central Child Advocacy Center also assisted.

Blazer was arrested Wednesday and admitted to having sexual contact with the victim multiple times.

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