Ice Cream Shop Owner Accused of Abusing Girls Goes to Trial

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    A western Pennsylvania ice cream store owner is headed to trial on charges he molested two girls.

    At a court appearance Wednesday a judge ordered 61-year-old David Higginbotham to stand trial on charges including aggravated indecent assault of a child.

    Northern Regional police say Higginbotham was friends of the parents of the girls, sisters who are now 11 and 13, and molested them at various events and locations -- including his home, swimming pool and a school chorus concert -- since 2008. Police say the oldest girl told her parents about the alleged contact, and they called police.

    Defense attorney Phil DiLucente says Higginbotham maintains his innocence.

    Higginbotham was arrested in November at his Handel's Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt store in McCandless, a suburb north of Pittsburgh.

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