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Spokane County man charged with rape of his step-granddaughter

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.- Right now a 75 year-old north Spokane County man is in jail, charged with the rape and sexual exploitation of his eight year-old step-grandaughter.

According to Sheriff's detectives, Robert A. Nist was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of Rape of a Child in the First Degree and Sexual Exploitation of a minor.

Nist is a Level I sex offender and currently lives in the 200 block of East Nordin. In 1952, Nist was convicted of First Degree Assault stemming from an attempted rape. In 1967, he was charged with Burglary, Second-Degree Assault, Kidnapping, and Rape. He spent the next 27 years in prison.

He's lived at the East Nordin address ever since 1996.

According to detectives, a search warrant was executed at Nist's home on Tuesday. Detectives say they were looking for videotapes and other evidence associated with the sexual assault of the girl who was seven years old when the abuse began.

Spokane County Sheriff's detectives were working with police in Reno, Nevada where detectives say abuse of the young girl also took place. Detectives say the girl's grandmother lives in Reno, and the girl would occasionally visit her.

According to Nist's step-granddaughter, Nist would videotape her naked and also physically assaulted her. Detective Kevin Bechtold said he seized several videotapes from the suspect's home on Tuesday, but has not yet had a chance to review them. Along with the videotapes, detectives also say they seized other unspecified items of evidence.

Right now an investigation continues in both Spokane and in Reno. In the meantime, Robert Nist remains in the Spokane County Jail.

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