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James Wallace Fall Claims God Told Him to Rape, "Marry" 10-Year-Old Niece, Say Police

James Wallace Fall
James Wallace Fall (Credit: Hennepin County Sheriff's Department)

MINNEAPOLIS (CBS/AP) Where is it  written?

Fifty-eight-year-old James Wallace Fall, who's charged with sexually abusing his niece since she was 10-years-old, reportedly told police it was God's will that he "marry" the girl.

The first alleged sexual encounter occurred on a vacation, and after that the complaint says Fall alternated nights between his wife, who is the girl's aunt, and his niece, who is now 19.

The alleged abuse has gone on for nearly a decade.

The complaint phrases it like this: "Victim 1 described the first sexual assault as occurring when they went on a vacation to Yellowstone National Park...At some point thereafter, the Defendant made Victim 1 his 'wife.' As the years went by, the Defendant spent every other night in Victim 1's bedroom. As far as Victim 1 knew, the Defendant was only having sex with her and not with his wife, Victim 1's aunt."

Police in Mound, Minn., located west of Minneapolis, say Fall believes the Bible justifies his actions. The Star-Tribune quotes Mound Police Chief James Kurtz as saying, "He really believes that this is OK."

Fall's attorney, David Risk, says some of his client's beliefs are outside the norm, and he'll ask the court to evaluate Fall's mental health. Fall will appear in Hennepin County District Court this month for alleged criminal sexual conduct.