- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A 40-year-old Rapid City man accused in the sexual assaults of three young sisters under the age of 13 has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Joseph Arguello faced 21 charges, including first-degree rape and having sexual contact with a child younger than 13, when his October trial began. He maintained his innocence, saying he would’ve accepted the plea deal if he was guilty.

The Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/1s0cGIa ) reports Arguello was convicted of three counts of rape in relation to the sexual abuse reported two years ago by the oldest girl. Court documents say the abuse began in 2008.

Arguello will serve between 60 and 65 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole. He will receive credit for 508 days already spent in jail.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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