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MOLESTER OF GIRL, 9, GETS 10-20 YEARS IN PRISON

A 14th Street man Tuesday was sentenced to 10-to-20 years in prison for repeatedly molesting a 9-year-old girl in his West Side home two years ago.

In a related action, the judge urged prosecutors to consider perjury charges against his girlfriend.

"As God is my witness I never touched her," said Richard Spencer, 35, during his sentencing.

In response, State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns told Spencer it is "unfortunate" he keeps trying to avoid responsibility.

Burns also told prosecutor Tina M. Stanford the district attorney's office should look into the testimony of Michelle Morgan, 35, during the brief non-jury trial requested by Spencer. Ms. Morgan, with whom Spencer lives, and the mother of his son and daughter, ages 5 and 7, testified during the trial that Spencer was never alone with the victim.

Spencer has been jailed since Oct. 31, the day Burns found him guilty of two counts of first-degree rape and child endangerment for repeatedly assaulting the girl, identified as a family friend, in his flat between June and December 1995. Free on bail until the trial, Spencer was indicted last December months after the victim told a school counselor about the attacks.

During the non-jury trial the girl, now 11, said Spencer repeatedly raped her but she was unclear on the dates.

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