Man Gets 20 Years in Prison for Molesting RI Girl

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – A former school bus monitor in Middletown has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for molesting a local girl beginning when she was only 10 years old.

Thirty-two-year-old Christian Buchanan was sentenced Wednesday in Superior Court in Newport after a jury convicted him of child molestation.

Prosecutors said Buchanan, whose last known address was in Fall River, Mass., molested the girl over three years when he lived in Middletown and Portsmouth. The girl's mother reported the allegations to police in April 2008.

Authorities say Buchanan confessed to the crimes. His lawyers tried unsuccessfully to stop the confession from being used at his trial.

Buchanan will have to attend sex offender counseling in prison and register as a sex offender when he is released.

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