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Published August 27, 2010, 11:23 AM

Devils Lake man pleads guilty to sex crime

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — A 65-year-old Devils Lake man accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl for more than two years has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge to avoid a possible life prison term.

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — A 65-year-old Devils Lake man accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl for more than two years has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge to avoid a possible life prison term.

Clint Campbell initially was charged with continual sexual abuse of a child. He pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition on Wednesday, the day his trial on the more serious charge was to begin.

Authorities alleged that Campbell abused the girl, who was younger than 15, between fall 2007 and this past March. Campbell disputed that, saying the abuse began a short time before his arrest in March.

He could face up to 10 years in prison, though prosecutors are recommending he serve five with another five years of probation. A sentencing date was not immediately set.

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