- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 52-year-old northwest Missouri man faces 50 years in prison for sexually abusing a girl over several years.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said in a release that Darren L. Paden of Dearborn was sentenced Friday. Paden pleaded guilty earlier to two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy. Paden was sentenced to 25 years on each count, with the sentences to be served consecutively.

Zahnd says Paden began abusing the girl when she was 5 or 6 years old and continued abusing her for more than a decade.

At the sentencing hearing, the victim read a statement describing the abuse and how she felt rejected by Dearborn residents, many of whom wrote letters or testified on behalf of Paden.

Dearborn is a town of about 500 residents north of Kansas City.

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