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Brazil says man jailed, raped daughter

Associated Press / June 10, 2010

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RIO DE JANEIRO — A man in a remote fishing village in Brazil kept his daughter imprisoned for 12 years, raped her repeatedly, and had seven children with her, police said yesterday. The man is also accused of abusing a young girl he had with his daughter.

Police allege that Jose Agostinho Pereira, 54, kept his daughter, now 28, under virtual house arrest in a two-room, thatched-roof hut near a tiny fishing village in northeastern Brazil.

An officer who aided in the arrest said the home was located in such a remote jungle area that the only way to reach it was by using canoes. Authorities said the children appeared to suffer from malnutrition and could barely communicate with others. Most were unclothed.

The alleged abuse began when Pereira’s wife left him in 1998, said police inspector Jair Lima de Paiva.

Charges have not been filed against him. Under Brazilian law, prosecutors file charges after police have ended their investigation. It was not immediately known if Pereira had a lawyer.

While the exact ages of the children — four girls and three boys — were not known, police believe they range in age from 2 months to 12.

“None of them were allowed to leave the house,’’ said Paiva. “They were all threatened with their lives if they tried to escape.’’

Paiva said police were tipped off about Pereira’s alleged crimes by an anonymous phone call.

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