- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say a Swansea man has been sentenced to 20 to 25 years in state prison after a jury convicted him of sexually assaulting a relative over 10 years beginning when she was only 5 years old.

A Fall River jury convicted 34-year-old Christopher Rochon on Wednesday of charges including statutory rape aggravated by age difference and rape of a child with force.

Prosecutors had asked that Rochon be sentenced to 25 to 30 years in prison while the defense asked that he receive a 10-year term.

Rochon was also sentenced to 35 years of supervised probation. He must register as a sex offender and cannot have contact with children.

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