A 39-year-old Springfield man has been charged with molesting a third young girl.
The victim told Springfield Police that Diedrich Middleton had been making inappropriate comments to her for several years, which moved on to fondling her and eventually raping her the day after her 13th birthday. She said he forced her into sex weekly after that for more than a year.
The victim also told investigators that he used a cattle prod on her, and continued to threaten her with it if she refused to have sex with him.
Earlier this month two other girls accused Middleton of sexually assaulting them, beginning when they were toddlers.
The criminal complaint shows that Middleton has denied all of the allegations. He is charged with four felony counts of criminal sexual conduct.