PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man accused of raping five of his daughters and impregnating three is scheduled to testify at his trial for a third day.
The man told jurors Tuesday that he loved his children and never harmed them. He said his former wife’s testimony that he beat her and their children was “fabricated.”
He described living in a peaceful, polygamous household.
The former wife, and a daughter who says she bore him a child, have testified that he told them he wanted to create “pure” family bloodlines.
The man, who was arrested in 2006, has pleaded not guilty.
The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify victims of sexual crimes and is not reporting the names of the husband and wife to protect the identities of their children, now over 18.
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