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Man accused of torturing stepdaughters appears in court

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (WHDH) - The man accused of torturing his teenage stepdaughters appeared in court Tuesday for a dangerousness hearing.

The hearing lasted only a few moments and defense attorneys did not contend with the determination that the man was a danger. He was held without bail.

In court documents, the girls outlined abuses.

Over a five-year period, the man allegedly hit the girls with a hammer, pulled on their tongues with pliers, and threatened to have them raped and killed.

Police said one of the girls claimed the stepfather was a white supremacist with "white power" tattooed on his stomach and that he used derogatory and racial slurs against them.

Neighbors said police were called dozens of times over the years but that no one was ever arrested.

The girls, who are 14 and 16, are now in the care of the state Department of Children and Families.

Two women in the courtroom identified themselves as family members of the man and claimed that none of the allegations were true. They said he did discipline the girls, and claimed the stepdaughters only brought up these charges because the stepfather did not buy them gifts.

A contractor cleaning up the home said that the man was "troubled."

"He was raising pitbulls down in the cellar. We pulled the cages apart, you know, to get rid of them, and you could see the blood all over the cages where the dogs were trying to get out," said Skip Jewett.
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