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'Man got best friend's child pregnant, said he'd kill her if she had abortion'

A suspected pedophile has been charged over claims he got his best friend’s 15 year-old daughter pregnant – then threatened to kill her if she had an abortion. Michael Pumfrey, 36, was indicted on a charge of sexual assault on a child on Friday, seven months after police in Electra, Texas, began probing him over the alleged abuse.

Pumfrey’s alleged victim told investigators she had begun a sexual relationship with the man she says abused her when she was 15 years-old. She explained how Pumfrey was best friends with her mother, and claimed he had begun grooming her when she was 14 years-old.

The girl said the sexual abuse stopped after she told Pumfrey that she was pregnant. He is said to have warned the girl he risked spending the rest of his life in prison over the abusive relationship. Pumfrey is then said to have sent the child another text warning her that he would kill her if she terminated the pregnancy.

The girl told police what she says happened to her, prompting them to begin an investigation into Pumfrey. Pumfrey, who has 25 prior arrests, including one for injury to a child, is being held in jail ahead of his next court hearing, KJTL reported.

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