Sex Crimes

Jury chosen in trial of Ohio National Guardsman charged with sex abuse of adopted daughters

  • Defense attorney George Leach, right, defends his client against Union County charges of sexually assaulting three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter, as Judge David Faulkner observes, on Monday, May 11, 2015, in Marysville, Ohio. Leach says the defendant, an Ohio National guardsman, is innocent of charges including rape and sexual battery. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

    Defense attorney George Leach, right, defends his client against Union County charges of sexually assaulting three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter, as Judge David Faulkner observes, on Monday, May 11, 2015, in Marysville, Ohio. Leach says the defendant, an Ohio National guardsman, is innocent of charges including rape and sexual battery. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)  (The Associated Press)

  • Christopher Kinsler, an assistant Ohio Attorney General, makes opening remarks in the Union County trial of an Ohio guardsman accused of sexually assaulting three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter, on Monday, May 11, 2015, in Marysville, Ohio. Kinsler says the guardsman betrayed the responsibility a father has for protecting his daughters. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

    Christopher Kinsler, an assistant Ohio Attorney General, makes opening remarks in the Union County trial of an Ohio guardsman accused of sexually assaulting three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter, on Monday, May 11, 2015, in Marysville, Ohio. Kinsler says the guardsman betrayed the responsibility a father has for protecting his daughters. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)  (The Associated Press)

Trial is underway for an Ohio National Guardsman accused of sexually abusing three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter.

Jury selection was completed Monday in Union County in the case of the 42-year-old Marysville man. He has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney has declined to comment.

The Associated Press isn't naming him to protect the children's identities.

The defendant is accused of abusing girls who were under 13. Prosecutors say he and his wife abruptly sent a fourth adopted daughter out of state and threatened other children in the family with a similar fate to keep them from talking.

The man's wife was charged with intimidation, obstructing justice and evidence tampering and pleaded not guilty. Her attorney hasn't commented.

A prosecutor said the children no longer lived with the guardsman.