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Father Of Boy Killed On Halloween Charged With Sexual Abuse Of 16-Year-Old Girl

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Prosecutors filed a felony charge Monday against a Tulsa man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl.

Tshaka Ali Rivers, 34, is charged with sexual abuse of a minor child.

He was arrested November 24, after police said a 16-year-old family member told her aunt that Rivers had come into her bedroom and raped her earlier that morning.

Her aunt immediately called police and the girl completed a sexual assault examination, police said.

Rivers works as the director of programs of New Hope, an organization aimed at helping children who have parents in prison. He was featured in a CBS News story on that organization in October.

Then, on October 31, Rivers' 7-year-old son, Elijah, was hit by a car and killed while making his way to school.

Rivers remains in a Tulsa County jail. He is being held on $50,000 bond.

11/26/2012 Related Story: Father Of Boy Killed By Car Arrested For Raping 16-Year-Old Girl

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