Alleged victim says she was sexually abused for years

Published 10:55 am Monday, December 31, 2012

An alleged victim claims a local man sexually assaulted her in Mower County from the time she was 7 to 12 years old.

According to the court complaint, the victim said Gary Russell Hegna, 45, of Austin, forced her to have sex, made her wear costumes, watch pornographic movies and threatened to rape her if she didn’t comply. Hegna was recently placed on $500,000 bail and pleaded not guilty Dec. 26 in Mower County court to two felony charges of first degree criminal sexual conduct, multiple acts with a victim younger than 16 and being with a victim younger than 13.

A detective executed a search warrant at Hegna’s house where he found pornographic movies involving young girls and curtains covering all the windows inside the house — some of them stapled to the wall — and in a camper, the complaint adds.

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Hegna’s next court appearance is April 19.