(REXBURG, ID) — The trial has begun for a Rexburg man accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl in 2009. Eighty-two-year-old Ronald Bird was arrested three years ago on five felony sexual abuse and lewd conduct charges. Bird’s attorney denies that his client had any contact of a sexual nature with the alleged victim, though their was “touching.” Prosecutors say the girl was a neighbor who would come to Bird’s house to play. If convicted, Bird could spend the rest of his life in prison. He has remained free on bond since his arrest.
Bill Schiess, EastIdahoNews.com Columnist
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