SALLISAW, Oklahoma - A Sequoyah County man has been charged with multiple counts of rape in the alleged sexual abuse of two underage relatives. Court documents state Troy Sands of Muldrow raped two young girls several times of a period of years.

The sexual abuse reportedly began when one of the girls was 6 years old. The girl, now 10, told police Sands also raped her older sister. Investigators spoke to both girls who reported multiple incidents of abuse while they lived in two different homes.

Sands, 32, was charged with 11 counts of first degree rape and six counts of lewd molestation. The 32-year-old Sands was booked into the Sequoyah County Detention Center.