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  • The man, 50, surrendered to police Wednesday after authorities announced a sexual assault investigation
  • The man allegedly sexually assaulted the underage family member from 2012 to 2019
  • He was charged with five counts of rape and two counts of forcible sodomy, among others

A 50-year-old man in Prince William County, Virginia, has been charged with raping an underage family member multiple times, police said.

The suspect was identified by Fox 5 as Kevin Dean Rice, of Bristow, Prince William County.

He surrendered himself to Prince William County police Wednesday after Special Victims Bureau detectives and Child Protective Services announced a sexual assault investigation days earlier, according to the outlet.

The alleged sexual assaults occurred in the Bristow area from December 2012 to October 2019, investigators found. Bristow is located about 40 miles from Washington, D.C.

The identity of the young victim was withheld, but the child was reportedly under the age of 13 at the time the alleged assaults took place, police said.

Rice is currently being held without bond and is facing multiple charges. These include five counts of rape, four counts of indecent liberties and two counts of forcible sodomy.

Although police said the victim is a family member of the suspect, they did not specify how Rice and the minor are related.

It has not been announced when the 50-year-old man is due in court. Other details of the case are not available as of this writing.

Police are seeking the help of anyone who can provide additional information related to the case. Those with information are encouraged to contact the Prince William County Police Department at 703-792-7000.

In related news, a retired Catholic priest from northern Virginia was recently acquitted after being accused of sexually assaulting a child more than 20 years ago.

Terry Specht was found not guilty by a Fairfax County jury Wednesday, the Associated Press reported. He had been accused of sexual abuse of a minor under age 13.

According to prosecutors, the alleged assault took place in 2000, when Specht served as chaplain and assistant principal at St. Paul VI Catholic High School.

Public defender Dawn Butorac said the jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning its verdict.

"The jury got it right," she said. "Mr. Specht's innocence was clear from the beginning."

Although his name was cleared, the Arlington Diocese said in a statement that Specht has been on medical retirement since 2012, and will not return to ministry.

"While Father Specht was found not guilty, I nevertheless convey my heartfelt and sincere sorrow to anyone who has suffered sexual abuse," Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge said in the statement.

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