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Former Lockport child molester headed to prison

A man who sexually abused a Lockport girl when he was a teenager was sentenced Monday to five years in prison.

Benjamin A. Free, 25, a Level 2 sex offender, was placed on probation in 2015 after pleading guilty to course of sexual conduct against a child for molesting the 6-year-old girl in 2009 and 2010.

Free, a Level 2 sex offender, admitted violating probation rules by viewing internet pornography, failing to get a job and using alcohol and drugs. He pleaded guilty in May to another felony for violating the Sex Offender Registration Act by moving from Niagara Falls to Lancaster Dec. 27 without permission.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said Free also was accused three years ago of sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl.

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