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72-year-old man sentenced to 30 years for sexual child abuse

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An Alabama man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for repeated sexual abuse of a girl over a 10-year span.

News outlets report 72-year-old Herbert Writesman was sentenced Wednesday on over 30 counts of sex crimes including, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. Writesman must also pay $13,100 in court costs and $100 to the Crime Victims Compensation Fee. Writesman pleaded guilty to the crimes in September.

Court documents say the abuse began in 2006 when the victim was 6 years old and continued on 16 different occasions over the course of a decade.

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