SALEM -- A 35-year-old man confessed to deputies in Salem Thursday that he was sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl who lived with him and his wife in their apartment.

Eddie Luter walked into the Marion County Jail visiting area to confess to the crimes, said Don Thomson with the Sheriff s Office.

Luter told deputies that the girl had been staying with him since 2010, and the assaults began in January 2013 and went on through March, Thomson said.

Her parents are living and working in Micronesia, a group of islands in the western Pacific Ocean near the Philippines.

The victim confirmed the details of the assault and gave more details to a deputy investigating the case. She told deputies she remained silent out of fear for her safety.

Luter was arrested and booked in the Marion County Jail on six counts of rape and six counts of sexual abuse. He is being held without bail and is due in court Friday.

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