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Northern California Coroner Charged With Child Sexual Abuse; Coroner's Attorney Says Sex Allegations Unbelievable

(AP) - A Northern California coroner has been arrested on child molestation charges.

The Marin Independent Journal reports that 46-year-old Darrell Harris is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. He was arrested Friday and is accused of sexually abusing girls under the age of 17 over the last nine years.

Harris is in charge of the Marin County's Coroner office, which is run by the sheriff's department.

Harris' defense attorney Douglas Honrgrad told the newspaper that people who know him are "in absolute shock" and that "nobody believes it."

He has worked for Marin County since 2003, and in October 2015, he was promoted to head the office.

 

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