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2 Eau Claire men charged with sexually assaulting, trafficking a child

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Bye and Hargrove

Eau Claire County (WQOW) - Charges of sexually assaulting a teenage girl were filed on Wednesday against two Eau Claire men.

William Hargrove and Richard Bye are accused of assaulting the 15-year-old girl last June at a home on North Eddy Street.  Police say Bye first said he didn't even know the teen and Hargrove initially denied having sex with her, but DNA evidence taken from the victim during a SANE exam proves otherwise.

The girl said after Bye sexually assaulted her he told her she was going to have sex with another man in exchange for $8 and a bag of meth, and that Hargrove then assaulted her. 

Bye faces seven felonies including sexual assault and trafficking a child.

Hargrove is charged with two counts including sexual assault and soliciting a child.

Both men return to court next week.

Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards is the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor at News 18.

Keith grew up in the Village of Lake Hallie, attending Chippewa Falls schools where he started pursuing his broadcasting education.

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