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Sex Offender Accused of 1975 Killing of Lyon Sisters Charged with 1995 Rape of 7-Year-Old Girl

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Sheila Lyon and Katherine Lyon
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A man accused of killing two sisters in 1975 was indicted last week on charges related to a 1996 rape of a 7-year-old girl in Prince William County, Maryland, according to multiple reports.

A grand jury indicted Lloyd Welch Jr. on four charges: indecent liberty, aggravated sexual battery and object sexual penetration, court officials tell PEOPLE. No bond has been given.

In 1996, Welch was visiting the mother of the 7-year-old girl when the incident allegedly happened, according to news-radio station WTOP in Washington D.C.

The Prince William County’s Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert told WTOP that the case came to light while a joint task force was investigating the Lyon sisters’ case, which occurred more than 20 years earlier.

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In March 1975, Sheila Lyon, 12, and Katherine Lyon, 10, were last seen shopping for Easter decorations at a mall in Montgomery County, Maryland. They never returned home and investigators did not make an arrest in the case until last year.

The girls’ bodies have never been found.

In July 2015, Welch, a registered sex offender, who was already in jail for molesting a 10-year-old girl, was charged with first-degree felony murder during an abduction with attempt to defile.

Lloyd Welch

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He pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial in Bedford County.

He has not entered a plea regarding the recent charges, but is expected to appear in court later this week, officials say.