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Four years is sentence for Town of Lockport child molester

John E. Castro of Strauss Road, Town of Lockport, was sentenced Monday to four years in state prison, followed by 10 years of post-release supervision, for fondling a 13-year-old girl in Somerset on Nov. 1.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III gave Castro, 27, the maximum sentence available for the charge. Murphy said Castro didn't merit any further breaks beyond being allowed a pre-indictment plea to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree sexual abuse. The judge said the incident had "ruined" the girl and her family.

"I feel horrible for what I've done," Castro said as the girl's mother wept in the gallery. "I don't have an explanation."

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