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MAN GIVEN YEAR IN JAIL FOR ABUSING 2 YOUNG GIRLS

Daryl Thomas, a Buffalo lumber company laborer, today was sent to jail for one year after pleading guilty to misdemeanor sex abuse and child endangerment.

He admitted fondling two young girls while baby-sitting 14 months ago.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang ordered the immediate jailing of Thomas, 39, of Collingwood Avenue, telling him the victims' families were "outraged" by his misconduct. He was baby-sitting girls in a home off Bailey Avenue in January 1994.

Prosecutor Peter A. Weinmann said Thomas had been indicted on felony sex-abuse charges in the case but was given a plea deal.

Thomas, a former steelworker and food company employee, declined comment during the sentencing. Justice Wolfgang imposed the maximum jail term on his misdemeanor plea, court officials said.

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