A 65-year old man has been charged with various sex crimes against his granddaughter. William Christman, of Independence, is facing charges including statutory rape, sexual misconduct involving a child under 15, and allegations of child porn production.

Christman is accused of sexually abusing his eight-year old granddaughter from April of 2011 until December 2012. Charges were filed against the Independence man on May 31.

Christman’s bond has been set at $300,000 and the court is refusing him contact with any person under the age of 17, including his granddaughter. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. in an Independence courtroom.