Source: Oregonlive
A 48-year-old stepfather of a teenage girl is accused of raping one of the girl’s friends after providing the teenagers with liquor during a sleepover at his house, police say.

Daniel Joseph Bell, of Southeast Portland, is accused of picking up two of his stepdaughter’s friends, buying them Bacardi Rum and Mike’s Hard Lemonade, and then returning home, where he had the girls take nude photos of each other, according to court documents.

Bell is then accused of pulling a 14-year-old girl aside, locking a door behind her and raping her, police say.

The next morning, he bought the girls candy, and told them not to talk about what happened or they’d get in trouble, police allege in a probable cause affidavit.

A father of one of the girls overheard his daughter, age 13, and her friend, 14, talking about the incident and took them to police on Aug. 3 to report the abuse, which occurred July 31.

East Precinct Officer Cathe Kent obtained videotaped surveillance of Bell buying the liquor from a nearby Fred Meyer store the night of the assaults and abuse, as the girls waited in his car, the affidavit says.

Portland sex assault Detective Cheryl Waddell obtained a warrant to search the residence, and seized the camera. Police were able to retrieve photos of the girls taken that night.

On Thursday, Bell pleaded not guilty to allegations of first-degree rape, second-degree sexual abuse, three counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, encouraging child sex abuse, and three counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Bell, who has prior burglary, theft and assault convictions, is being held on more than $1 million bond. He had two other children, ages 3 and 6, living with him. State child welfare workers were called in to investigate the home. The children have been placed with their mother, according to court records.

Shame.People allowing their children to stay over strangers houses, never who they are sending them off to. Sometimes they hardly even know their own families, so how in the world there going to expect to send them over to put something like that past them.

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