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A Kelso man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of numerous charges of raping a child.

In January 2019, a Kelso police officer began investigating a report that Ronald Nelson had been sexually assaulting a young girl for several years. The child did not initially agree to talk to investigators but consented to a police interview this month.

Nelson, 40, was arrested on suspicion of six charges of first-degree child rape, one count of first-degree child molestation and a count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

A judge found probable cause to hold Nelson on $15,000 bail in a hearing Monday. Nelson has posted bail, jail staff confirmed.

The prosecutor's office had not yet filed formal charges against Nelson by mid-afternoon Tuesday. He is scheduled to enter a plea to any charges he may face on Jan. 23.

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