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Superior man faces additional charges of crimes against children

Additional charges were filed in Douglas County Circuit Court against a man accused of child sex assault. Benjamin Matthew Nygaard, 36, faces felony charges of possession of child pornography, sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age, caus...

Additional charges were filed in Douglas County Circuit Court against a man accused of child sex assault.

Benjamin Matthew Nygaard, 36, faces felony charges of possession of child pornography, sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age, causing a child under the age of 13 to view or listen to sexual activity and two counts of exposing genitals. He waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday and was bound over for arraignment. A $200,000 cash bond was set for Nygaard and he remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail.

According to the criminal complaints:

The exposure charges stem from a 2014 incident in which two children were roughhousing and ended up pulling each other's pants down. Nygaard allegedly wouldn't let them pull their pants back up and pulled his own pants down, exposing his genitals to the children. He proceeded to touch himself while discussing sexual matters with the children.

Nygaard is also accused of making two children watch an internet video of adults engaging in sexual activity during a 2014 incident. The sex assault charge is connected to an alleged 1998 incident in which Nygaard allegedly made a child under the age of 10 touch him sexually. The pornography charge stems from a video featuring a child under the age of 18 involved in sexually explicit conduct that was found on a flash drive belonging to Nygaard after a search warrant was executed at his home in June.

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Nygaard also faces felony charges of repeated sexual assault of a child and first-degree child sex assault for alleged incidents that took place in 2015 and 2016, and one count of felony sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age for an alleged incident that took place 14 years earlier. Those charges were filed in June in Douglas County Circuit Court.

His next court appearance is in October.

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