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Child rape victim details suicide attempts as baby sitter is sentenced to 5 years

A teenage girl who was raped by her baby sitter when she was 10 said Wednesday she has attempted suicide three times and has undergone inpatient psychiatric treatment.

"I felt I couldn't live with myself," the girl told Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon. "I finally realized that it was not my fault I was raped."

Sheldon sentenced Anthony L. Fusarelli, 26, of North Avenue, North Tonawanda, to five years in prison and 15 years of post-release supervision. The judge said Fusarelli himself was a child abuse victim.

"It perpetuates itself," Sheldon said.

She cited a psychologist's report on Fusarelli, who raped the girl after she was dropped off at his home in 2012 or 2013.

"The doctor said this will never happen again, that you're not a pedophile," Sheldon said.

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