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A former police detective has been charged with sexually...

COVINGTON, La. -- A former police detective has been charged with sexually abusing four teenage girls while he was pretending to counsel them. Charles Mule of Slidell was named in a 29-count indictment handed down Friday by a St. Tammany Parish grand jury.

The indictment charges Mule with carnal knowledge with a juvenile, crimes against nature, indecent behavior with a juvenile and molestation of a juvenile.

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The incidents reportedly occurred during February 1984 and involved four girls, ages 12 to 15. The acts allegedly occurred while Mule pretended to be counseling them. The charges are the second set of sexual offenses involving Mule, who in May was accused in an 18-count indictment of having sex with two juveniles.

Those charges were dropped by the district attorney's office when other victims surfaced. Mule had pleaded innocent to the charges and had been released on $40,000 bond, but was arrested again in June, booked on charges involving a third girl and was released on a $100,000 personal recognizance bond.

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