A New Jersey man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for traveling to Rhode Island to meet a 13-year-old girl, then taking her back and sexually molesting her.
Daniel Berger of Haskell, New Jersey, was sentenced on Thursday to seven years, three months in prison by U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi. He pleaded guilty in July to a charge of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
The 28-year-old Berger met the girl online.
His lawyer said he was in the throes of a manic episode when it happened. Berger suffers from bipolar disorder.
The girl's mother told the judge her daughter is still suffering with anxiety-filled days and sleepless nights.
Berger apologized and said he regretted what he did.