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Man Gets 520 Years In Prison For Shocking Crime

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A 72-year-old California man was sentenced to 520 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl he was babysitting. 

John Adam Whitsell was convicted of four counts of lewd act upon a child, as well four counts of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child and one count of forcible oral copulation of a victim under the age of 14, KTLA reported. He was sentenced to 520 years in prison.

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The rapes took place between January and June of 2015, with the victim being a female family member that Whitsell was babysitting. He was arrested in November of 2015 and has remained in jail since. He was previously convicted of rape in 1971, and served seven years in prison.

In a similar case, a Fresno, California, man was sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter over the course of four years.

“When my father abused me, I was young. I had no power, no voice. I was [defenseless],” the daughter said in court, The Associated Press reported. The now-23-year-old said her father never expressed any remorse for his abuse.

The man reportedly turned down two separate plea deals, one of which would have given him only 13 years in prison if he pleaded guilty. That deal was followed by another that would have given him a 22-year sentence. 

The victim was reportedly raped two to three times per week from 2009 until 2013, when she was finally able to stop the abuse and leave. The man was hit with 186 felony sexual assault charges. 

Sources: KTLA, AP via The Huffington Post / Photo credit: Jobs For Felon Hubs/Flickr, Megan's Law via KTLA 

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