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Hindi interpreter needed in child sex case

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The prosecution of a 38-year-old man arrested in Washington state after Marathon County Sheriff's Department officials say he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old rural Wausau girl is being delayed because a Hindi interpreter is needed, according to online court records.

Praveen Kharb was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday but it was postponed over the issue of a Hindi interpreter, court records said. No new date was immediately set.

Kharb was charged May 8 with two felonies - first-degree sexual assault of a child and using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. He was arrested May 9, in Bellevue, Wash.

Kharb met the girl online, through a messaging system called KIK, and traveled to her home March 22, the criminal complaint said.

The girl told investigators that "at first when he said he wanted to come visit, she thought they were just going to 'hang out' and talk and visit, but it led to something else," the complaint said.

The girl's parents were not home at the time and Kharb sexually assaulted the girl and then left her house, the complaint said.

Kharb left condoms behind, which were found by her parents, launching the investigation that included examining the girl's iPad, the complaint said.

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