Connecticut man gets prison for sexually abusing relative

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who sexually abused a female relative for years starting when she was 5 years old has been sentenced to serve at least eight years in prison.

The New Haven Register reports that 31-year-old Jose Guadarrama was sentenced after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual assault on a child less than 13 years.

The West Haven man could spend 18 years in prison if he violates probation.

Authorities say the girl was abused from the age of 5 until she was 12. She said during a victim impact statement that Guadarrama “took away my childhood.”

Guadarrama apologized in court and said he prays the victim can move forward.

A defense attorney says her client pleaded guilty to spare the victim the trauma of testifying at trial.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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