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A 17-year-old Reedsburg male has been arrested for allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl he was babysitting.

Riley Roth was arrested on Saturday and taken to the Sauk County Jail, where he is being held on $25,000 cash bail.

Roth is charged with repeated acts of sexual assault of a child, first-degree sexual assault of a child, false imprisonment, strangulation and suffocation and physical abuse of a child.

According to Reedsburg Police Chief Timothy Becker, police were notified on Nov. 28 that Roth allegedly sexually assaulted the girl several times between Nov. 4 and Nov. 18, with the girl reportedly being tied up and gagged while the assaults were taking place.

The criminal complaint against Roth said a mother hired him to babysit her daughter, while she was at work.

Charges were filed on Wednesday, along with misdemeanor charges of underage sexual activity with a child 15 to 16 years old and obstruction, stemming from a case in the summer.

Roth is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 28.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.