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A 30-year-old man from the Missoula area accused of molesting his 9-year-old daughter has been charged with incest.

The man made his initial court appearance Monday, where Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway set his bail at $100,000 and allowed him to be screened for pretrial supervision.

A public defense attorney representing the man at his Monday appearance said he “vehemently denies” the allegations, and said some of them were previously examined by Child and Family Services and determined to be false.

A court affidavit filed against the man said he told his daughter to lie to CFS.

Court documents say a sheriff’s deputy responded to a home on Friday morning for a report from a neighbor that the man had hurt his daughter. The girl told the deputy her father made her stay in her room, and would not allow her to use the bathroom.

The girl reported several other incidents of abuse from the past several years, including instances of sexual abuse by her father.

Court documents say she told a forensic nurse examiner at the First Step Resource Center that the day before officers came, her father became angry and pushed her onto a bed, causing her to get a bloody nose.

The man was interviewed by investigators and denied having assaulted his daughter. He also is charged with misdemeanors for endangering the welfare of children and two counts of family member assault.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.