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WOONSOCKET â€“ A city man was sentenced to 30 years Tuesday after a Superior Court jury convicted him of multiple counts of child molestation recently.
Anibal Acevedo was ordered to serve 20 years at the Adult Correctional Institutions, followed by 10 years suspended time and probation.
Acevedo, 43, must also undergo sex offender counseling and, in keeping with the Jessica Lunsford Act, be subject to lifetime sex offender registration, community notification and GPS monitoring. The law was named a young Florida girl who was sexually brutalized and murdered in 2005 by a man who had been previously convicted of sex crimes.
A Superior Court jury found Acevedo guilty of two counts of first-degree child molestation and three counts of second degree child molestation in February. The jury deliberated about 25 minutes before returning a verdict following the three-day trial.
Prosecutors argued that Acevedo had molested a girl with whom he was familiar on two occasions in 2003, when she was about 12 years old.
Detective Jamie Paone, a spokeswoman for the Woonsocket police, said the victim was about 18 years old when she first reported the offenses to police in May 2009.
â€śShe told a counselor at the school she was attending and that gave her the courage to come forward,â€ť said Paone. â€śShe was in some type of an outreach program where her counselor urged her to report it.â€ť
While Acevedo was convicted of crimes that were confined to 2003, the victim told police he molested her on numerous occasions through March 2006.
Acevedo knew the girl because he had a relationship with the victimâ€™s mother, Paone said.
Woonsocket Police Detective Kevin Hammann, now retired, led the investigation, and Assistant Attorney General Feidlim Gill prosecuted the case on behalf of the attorney generalâ€™s office.
Acevedo has been held without bail since November 2010. Prior to his arrest, the most serious crime heâ€™d ever been convicted of was driving on a suspended license.