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Maine Man Pleads Guilty to Molestation Charges
06/20/2013 10:25 AM ET  

Horace Barstow was sentenced Wednesday to serve four years of a 10-year prison sentence to be followed by 10 years of probation.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) _ A former Somerset County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to four years behind bars after pleading guilty to sexually molesting four young girls at his wife's Norridgewock day care center.

Horace Barstow was sentenced Wednesday to serve four years of a 10-year prison sentence to be followed by 10 years of probation. Prosecutors say the plea bargain was approved by the girls' families.

The prosecutor said in court the girls were prepared to testify that the 67-year-old Barstow had touched their genitals. The contact occurred last November and December.

The Morning Sentinel reports that during the hearing, Barstow acknowledged the crimes had occurred and that the accounts read in court were correct. His lawyer said he wanted to take responsibility.

The day care has since been closed.



 

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