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Astoria man found guilty of child molestation gets 42 years

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — An Astoria man found guilty of child sexual abuse has been sentenced to 42 years in prison.

The Astorian jurors found 48-year-old Larry Leach guilty of four counts of rape, four counts of sexual abuse and two counts of using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct.

Leach was indicted on the charges in April 2018.

Prosecutors say while working in Astoria, Leach became friends with the victim’s family. Prosecutors say his abuse started when the victim was 7 and continued for four years.

The victim said during trial that she decided to tell her grandmother what was happening because she “didn’t want to be afraid anymore.”

Leach pleaded his innocence throughout the trial and during sentencing.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian,

The Associated Press

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