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Sioux Falls man charged with raping 6-year-old girl

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     A Sioux Falls man appeared in court on Thursday, charged with the rape of a 6-year-old girl.

     According to police, the man admitted to the victim's allegations.

     The allegations came to light after the child told a friend at school.

     Christopher Hartford appeared in Minnehaha County court this afternoon on one count of first degree rape, one count of sexual contact of a child under 16 and two counts of sexual exploitation. 

     His bond has been set at $250,000.

     Many of the details in this case are difficult to discuss.

     But according to the affidavit, when asked during an interview with Child's Voice if she knew what sex was, the girl said the man "does it a lot" and "does it to me."

     She also told police Hartford would watch pornographic movies with her.  

     Police say the victim's friend told a teacher who then told school administrators.

     School staff then contacted the Department of Social Services, who conducted the investigation.

     When police questioned Hartford, he admitted to all of the victim's allegations.

     In the affidavit, the victim says she also told her mother what was happening and her mother told her to tell "the man" no.

     We asked the state's attorney if the mother could also face charges and we're waiting for an answer.

     If found guilty, Hartford could face life in prison.

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