SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Authorities say a Springfield man began abusing a girl on the same day he was released from prison after serving eight years for child molestation.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that 36-year-old Joshua Fullington was charged earlier this month with three counts of statutory sodomy after authorities say he sexually abused a girl several times over a five-year period.

Court documents show Fullington was released from prison Aug. 22, 2012. Court documents in the most recent case say a girl younger than 15 told Child Advocacy Center interviewers this month that Fullington had been sexually abusing her.

Fullington is being held in the Greene County Jail on $500,000 bond.

A phone message left by The Associated Press seeking comment from Fullington’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned.

Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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