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Waterville couple accused of sexually abusing child for years pleads not guilty

Michael Stevens and his wife, Jennifer, were arrested in February and charged with one count of gross sexual assault on a child under 12. (Kennebec County Jail)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- A Waterville couple accused of sexually abusing a child for years pleaded not guilty on Thursday.

Michael Stevens and his wife, Jennifer, are both charged with one count of gross sexual assault on a child under the age of 12.

According to court documents, the now 16-year-old victim says she was forced to engage in sex acts with the couple.

She says the abuse started when she was nine and went on for years.

Prosecutors called it one of the worst cases they've ever seen.

The couple will next appear in court august seventh.

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