A 30-year-old Idaho Falls man who police say sexually abused a 3-year-girl has been charged with sexual abuse of a child younger than 16.

The Post Register reports in a story on Thursday that Nicholas D. Peterson was charged after being taken into custody Tuesday.

Police say they started an investigation in December after the child's mother reported Peterson inappropriately touched her daughter in a car in Idaho Falls.

Peterson was being held in the Bonneville County Jail on $30,000 bond.

He's next scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 31.