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Kingman man abused his children, MCSO says

Bernard Stewart

Bernard Stewart

KINGMAN - A Mohave County man was arrested last week on multiple charges of sexually abusing his own children.

Bernard Scott Stewart, 44, was booked into the Mohave County Jail Wednesday on nine counts of sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of public sexual indecency to a minor, two counts of child/vulnerable adult abuse and one count each of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, sexual assault, incest, and molestation of a child. Trish Carter, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office, said the allegations involve a boy and girl, ages 11 and 17. Authorities were first contacted regarding the children in March by a relative who said the siblings were malnourished and being abused. Carter said investigators immediately began looking into the case, but were hindered by a lack of cooperation on the part of the children's mother, who was said to be under the control of her husband and not ready to speak with investigators about the abuse.

The family lives near the Interstate 40 and Highway 93 interchange. The children were not removed by Child Protective Services but are no longer living in the home, Carter said.

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