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H.S. board member faces molestation charges

March 31, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A board member of the Rio Hondo School district in Ventura County has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually abused a young girl he and his wife took in.Brian Martin is accused of molesting the girl for five years and fathering her child. He could get 25 years in prison if he's convicted on all charges.

The alleged victim is the oldest of four siblings that the couple took in when they were abandoned by a distant relative. The now 15-year-old girl has arranged to put her 4-month-old son up for adoption.

The Rio Hondo School Board member's wife, who accused him of the molestation, has filed for divorce.