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Merrill man focus of young girls sex probe


MERRILL (WAOW) - The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department says a 35-year-old Merrill man was arrested in a sexual assault investigation involving girls ranging in age from 10 to 16. The probe started when police learned of some "inappropriate" text messages allegedly sent by him.

According to court records, Corey C. Adams is charged with 10 felonies, including sexual assault, exposing a child to harmful materials and child enticement. He was charged as a repeat offender, making the potential punishments more severe.

Circuit Judge John Yackel ordered Adams jailed on a $35,000 cash bond. Adams is to return to court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

The criminal complaints say Adams also gave the some teens alcohol and marijuana.

The complaints say the investigation started in February when a girl reported receiving some "inappropriate" text messages from Adams, who was on probation at the time following convictions on some unrelated charges.

Investigators say they believe there may be more victims and people with information are asked to contact the sheriff's department at 715-536-6272.

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