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School guard's attorney says girl had cell phone, was not hostage

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- It all began when eighth-grader Tanya Kach skipped class in 1996. She spent the next 10 years living and having sex with the 37-year-old school security guard who caught her playing hooky, according to police reports.

Kach, now 24, surfaced this week thanks to local deli owner Joseph Sparico, with whom she shared her story. Sparico called police.

The Pennsylvania woman's family was not commenting Friday, while the man Kach claims she lived with for a decade will remain in jail over the weekend. Thomas Hose faces charges of sexual assault and deviate sexual intercourse. (Watch a father and daughter reunited -- 1:28)

His attorney says he's innocent.

Kach told police that Hose, now 48, caught her skipping class in a stairwell at Cornell Middle School in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. She was 14 at the time.

The two began talking, then kissing, according to a police affidavit.

In February 1996, Kach and Hose decided to take their relationship to a new, strange level and devised a plan for Kach to run away from home.

"I thought I found someone who loved me and said he'd take care of me," Kach told television station WPXI. "I thought I wasn't loved at home. He says, 'Don't worry, I'll take care of you. I'll love you.' "

Her family reported her missing.

Kach told police that local beautician Judy Sokol helped by cutting and dying Kach's hair so she wouldn't be as recognizable. Police say they've issued a warrant for Sokol's arrest and plan to charge her with contributing to sex crimes against a minor.

After moving in with Hose, Kach began having sex with the school security guard, the woman told police, and Hose threatened to kill her if she ever left his second-floor bedroom.

"Hose had her record their sessions in her calendar book, which she had so he could brag to co-workers and friends of him engaging in sex and how often," an affidavit states Kach told police.

It was 2000 before Hose allowed her outside to shop for clothes, Kach told police. But it would take almost six years for her to muster the courage to share her story with anyone.

"I thought I'd be on the streets, because I didn't think anybody cared," she told the television station. "He'd tell me, 'Your case is dead. It's cold.' "

Jim Ecker, Hose's attorney, would not confirm whether Kach lived with Hose. But Ecker insisted that his client did nothing wrong and that Kach was never held against her will.

"She was not kidnapped, physically abused in any way," Ecker said. "She had access to a phone, to a cell phone. I don't believe at any time she was ever threatened."

Ecker and police say there are many questions still to be answered. Hose is scheduled to appear in Allegheny County Court on Monday for a bail hearing.

Kach remains at home after being reunited with her father, Jerry.

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