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Police charge Dewey man on several molestation counts

PRESCOTT ­ An extensive child molestation investigation that began in June 2005 culminated with the arrest of a 25-year-old Dewey man on Tuesday.

Michael Louis Hall Jr. is in the Yavapai County Jail on five counts of child molestation. The charges stem from an investigation that involved two girls, ages 6 and 4.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) spokeswoman Susan Quayle said that on Dec. 2, 2005, a judge issued a nation-wide warrant for Hall's arrest.

"A $100,000 bond was issued at that time," she said.

On Feb. 16, Phoenix authorities arrested Hall in connection with an unrelated incident and then kept him in custody on the warrant until his extradition to Yavapai County on Tuesday, Quayle said.

A YCSO report indicates that in a June 24 interview with a detective the 6-year-old girl described in detail inappropriate touching by Hall. The alleged abuse may have been on going for several years before it got to the attention of the sheriff's office, a YCSO press release states.

The girl said some of the touching happened when other members of the family were not around and that she told her mother about it on three separate occasions, the report states. The mother confronted Hall about the allegations, but he said that he would never touch the girl, the report states.

The younger girl also told authorities that Hall touched her inappropriately and that she reported it to her mother.

During a confrontation call and a subsequent interview, Hall said that he touched the older girl only once while he was half asleep because he thought it was someone else, the report states.

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