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BIGNELL TRIAL BEGINS

The trial of 40 year old Daniel Bignell Jr. got under­way Mon­day in the Williams County Court of Com­mon Pleas.

Bignell is accused of five counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape, four counts of gross sex­ual impo­si­tion, and three counts of kid­nap­ping. His alleged vic­tims were all under­age at the time… 4, 6, and 8 years old.

If con­victed of rape or kid­nap­ping with sex­ual moti­va­tion, Bignell faces a max­i­mum sen­tence of life in prison. If con­victed lesser charges includ­ing gross sex­ual impo­si­tion, he’s look­ing at a min­i­mum five-year prison sen­tence.

If Bignell is con­victed of any one of the charges, he then will be required to reg­is­ter as a Tier-3 sex offender for the rest of his life.

The trial con­tin­ues today in Williams County.

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