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Published December 29, 2010, 04:25 PM

ND Man Guilty in Sexual Assault to Serve 10 Years

A North Dakota man convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old child has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old child has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Christopher Owens, who was convicted in November of gross sexual imposition, received a 20-year sentence with 10 years suspended.

Prosecutors say the 27-year-old Owens assaulted the 7-year-old in May and June of 2008.

Owens' defense attorney, Jay Greenwood, says his client has maintained his innocence.

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