A 52-year-old northwest Missouri man has pleaded guilty to charges accusing him of sexually abusing a girl over several years.

The Kansas City Star reports that Darren L. Paden pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy. Authorities said Paden began assaulting the girl from the time she was 5 or 6 years old until she was 12 or 13.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd says the abuse continued until the girl was in seventh grade and attended a class about sexual abuse. He says the victim did not report the abuse until several years later.

Paden is being held without bond and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 2.

Zahnd says he's seeking a 30-year sentence on each count.

Marina Nezhinkay