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Tempe mayoral candidate denies abuse allegation

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A candidate for Tempe, Ariz., mayor is facing allegations he sexually abused a girl nearly 30 years ago.

The Arizona Republic reports Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday an investigation into charges that Mark Mitchell abused a neighborhood girl when he was a teen has been referred to the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office.

Montgomery, who has endorsed Mitchell’s opponent, recused himself.

The alleged victim, who is now 39 years old, told police in February that Mitchell fondled her several times when she was 10.

Police have made no arrest due to the amount of time that has passed.

Mitchell says the charges are untrue and part of a political smear campaign.

Mitchell is the son of former Democratic Representative Harry Mitchell.

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