- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A Gloucester man convicted of child rape has been sentenced to up to 18 years in prison for what the judge called a “despicable betrayal.”

The Salem News (https://bit.ly/29y15ec) reports that Douglas Campbell was also sentenced Tuesday in Salem Superior Court to five years of probation.

The 48-year-old Campbell was convicted in March of three counts of child rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery.

Prosecutors say Campbell baby-sat the victim while her mother worked. The now 20-year-old victim was 12 and 13 at the time of the abuse.

She said during a victim-impact statement that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, and has difficulty trusting anyone.

Campbell’s lawyer argued for a shorter term, saying a psychological evaluation concluded that Campbell poses a low risk of reoffending.


Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, https://www.salemnews.com

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