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Sailor sentenced in sex abuse case

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GROTON, CT (AP) -

A military judge has sentenced a Connecticut-based Navy hospital corpsman to 22 years in prison for sexually assaulting minors and possessing and producing child pornography.

The Day of New London reports 31-year-old Tristan Thomas of Cincinnati was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to 22 of 26 counts against him under the military's criminal code. Under a pretrial agreement, the full sentence of 70 years will be suspended after 22 years.

His two-day court-martial was held at the Naval Submarine Base at Groton, where he served aboard the USS Springfield.

Most of the charges related to a two-year sexual relationship Thomas acknowledged with a girl that began when she was 14, and a three-year relationship with a 15-year-old. There were other victims between the ages of 13 and 16 in the case.

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