- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A Carthage man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl.

The Joplin Globe reports (https://bit.ly/1mHngBG ) 36-year-old Israel Halvorsen was sentenced Monday in Joplin. He pleaded guilty to first-degree statutory sodomy on July 21. The plea agreement capped the prison time he could receive at 15 years.

Police charged him in May 2013 after a call to the state’s child abuse hotline, when the girl was 13 years old. She tells officers Halvorsen had abused her since she was 4 or 5 years old.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com

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