Nesquehoning police have charged a Tamaqua area man with a decade-old sexual assault against a child.

Dustin Brian Shields, 24, of 503 Ben Titus Road, Rush Township, with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, and terroristic threats.

Shields was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek on Sept. 25, and jailed under $50,000 straight cash bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, on June 26, Officer Dane O'Brien was contacted by a Carbon County Children and Youth Services agency advocate concerning a sexually related incident that had been reported to the agency by the victim's father.

The man had told the agency that his daughter had been forced into sexual activity by Shields when she was between 3 and 6 years old.

On July 2, the alleged victim was interviewed at the Children's Advocacy Center, Scranton. There, she indicated that Shields had forced her to engage in sexual acts on multiple instances when she was about 4 years old.

She said she didn't tell anyone at the time because Shields had threatened to kill her if she did.

On Sept. 6, police interviewed Shields after providing him with his Miranda rights. Shields, after being questioned, admitted to committing sex acts with victim on two occasions, when he was about 12 or 13.

Shields told police he "knew (the victim) had no idea what was happening at the time, and cannot express how sorry he is for subjecting (her) to the aforementioned acts," the affidavit states.