NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - A Hadley man has been sentenced to up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty mid-trial to sexually molesting three young boys.
Prosecutors say 42-year-old Frank Stanley Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to 18 charges, including six counts of child rape for abusing the boys from 2004 until 2011.
Authorities say 2 of the victims were sons of a friend, while the third he was paired with through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and they considered Stanley a "second father" or a "cool uncle."
Stanley's trial had started Monday.
In addition to his prison term, Stanley was sentenced to 10 years of probation upon release.
His lawyer argued for a lighter sentence. The defense attorney had said in opening statements that the boys made up the stories about abuse.
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