- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to repeatedly sexually assaulting a girl.

Forty-three-year-old Shayn Turner of Burlington was sentenced Friday.

The Burlington Free Press reports that as part of a plea deal, he pleaded guilty to four of six of the charges that he originally faced.

Prosecutors say the assaults occurred when the girl was 6 or 7 years old.

Turner has been held since his arrest in April of 2012. Police say at first he denied the allegations but later admitted to sexually assaulting the girl, videotaping an assault, possessing thousands of child pornography images and sharing child pornography online.

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