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Hibbing man charged with yearslong child sexual abuse

The misconduct allegedly began before the victim turned 10 and continued for six years

HIBBING, Minn. — A man is accused of sexually assaulting a child “more than 100 times” over an extended period.

Shawn Joseph Opacich, 47, of Hibbing, faces four felony charges after the alleged victim came forward this spring to report a pattern of abuse that allegedly spanned six years.

Investigators said they also obtained evidence of Opacich attempting to entice the teen with financial rewards, though he denied the entire report and claimed the juvenile was “brainwashed.”


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