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Traverse City — A Tennessee man has been charged in the 2018 sexual assault of a minor, Michigan State Police said Tuesday.

Jeremiah Jergins, 40, has been charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, officials said. He was arraigned Tuesday on the charges in the 86th District Court in Traverse City. Each charge is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Jergins was arrested in Arizona, but lived in Grand Traverse County for a while in 2018, according to authorities. Police accuse him of sexually assaulting a minor multiple times during that period.

Michigan State Police began investigating the allegations in June, but Jergins left the state, officials said.

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