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Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Contact With Child

James Beane was sentenced to serve 2 years of a 10-year prison term and 12 years of probation

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    A 66-year-old Mount Vernon man has pleaded guilty to having unlawful sexual contact with a child.

    Prosecutors say James Beane was sentenced Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court to serve two years of a 10-year prison term and 12 years of probation.

    District Attorney Maeghan Maloney tells the Kennebec Journal ( ) the case was handled swiftly because Beane did not want to make the girl testify.

    Court records show the victim was 4 when the offense occurred in April. Maloney described it as inappropriate touching.

    As a condition of probation, Beane is barred from any contact with children under 12.

    Beane, who had no prior criminal record, was also required to register as a lifetime sex offender.

    Beane's lawyer had no comment.

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