A Utah father has been arrested and charged with raping his own young daughter, who told police that he would demand sexual favors in exchange for outings with friends and participation in school activities.
The 46-year-old Brigham City resident, whose name is being withheld by MailOnline to protect the identity of the alleged victim, was taken into custody last week and charged Wednesday with nine counts of rape and a single count of sodomy on a child.
He is being held at the Box Elder County Jail on $200,000 bail.
According to his daughter, who is now 16 years old, the abuse first started when she was only 9 years old.
Over the past seven years, the teen told police that her father, who also has two other children, raped her over 50 times, The Salt Lake City Tribune reported.
The alleged victim explained that as she got older, her father would have sex with her more frequently. Most recently, the teen said that they would have encounters three to four times a week.
The horrific allegations came out when the 16-year-old told a friend at a church camp about the sexual abuse, asking her to keep it a secret.
The friend, however, shared the information with her parents, who then relayed it to their church bishop. The cleric, in turn, reported the allegations to the Division of Child and Family Services.
During her interview with investigators, the unnamed teen said that whenever she wanted something or wanted to go out, she would have to ‘pay’ her father with sexual acts.
According to a police report, earlier this month, the 46-year-old man forced his daughter to have intercourse with him four times in exchange for allowing her out-of-town best friend to visit.
When the friend left, the father told his daughter ‘that it was time to pay up,’ the report stated.
The paper reported that after talking to police officers about the alleged abuse committed by her father, the 16-year-old made an emotional plea no to arrest him, saying that it would ‘tear her family apart’ and hurt her siblings.
MailOnline has learned that the girl’s father has an extensive criminal record including half-a-dozen arrests dating back to 1996 on a slew of charges ranging from disturbing the peace to assault and battery.
Most recently, he was arrested in 2009 during a traffic stop for speeding, driving without a license and allegedly being in possession of a forged document.
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