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Modesto sex offender gets six years

A Modesto man who pleaded no contest to the continuous sexual abuse of a child recently was sentenced to six years in prison, according to a statement from the Stanislaus County district attorney's office.

In addition to the felony conviction and prison time, Michael Anthony Garcia, 34, of Modesto must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

His 15-year-old victim reported seven years of molestation to Modesto police in December. She also spoke at Garcia's sentencing hearing.

"You robbed me of my childhood. You put me in adult situations. You manipulated me into believing it was my fault," the girl said, according to the authorities. "I'm here to show you I'm not afraid. I know I will never be a victim again. I forgive you."

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