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A Pittsburgh man is wanted by the police for reportedly having had repeated sexual intercourse with an 11-year-old girl over the course of a few years.

New Castle police have charged John Edward Lord Jr., 44, in connection with the reported incidents. According to a criminal complaint filed against him, the police investigation started after detectives received a call from authorities in North Dakota, where the child, now 14, lives with her mother and sisters.

The child and the two sisters, who were witnesses, gave details of the incidents during forensic interviews with North Dakota authorities about the sessions that were reported to have occurred at Lord's home on New Castle's North Hill while the girls' mother was not there, the complaint states.

Lord reportedly was dating their mother at the time, the report said. The mother told police they moved away because of a verbally abusive and controlling relationship with Lord. 

One sister told a licensed forensic interviewer at the Dakota Children's Advocacy Center in Bismarck, North Dakota, that she witnessed Lord having a physical relationship with her sister. She said she ran away because she did not want what she saw to happen to her, the report states.

Police learned that the other sister was hospitalized three times after seeing them because she was cutting herself as a result of the incident. She said she found text messages on her sister's phone that refer to Lord having also given her sister drugs, according to the criminal complaint.

Lord faces 40 felony charges, including 10 counts each of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault of someone younger than 16 by a person 11 years older, aggravated indecent assault of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and sexual assault.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.


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Debbie's been a journalist at the New Castle News since 1978, and covers county government, police and fire, New Castle schools, environment and various other realms. She also writes features, takes photos and video and copy edits.

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