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Pittsfield man pleads guilty to abusing 2 girls

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Pittsfield man already on the state's sex offender registry has pleaded guilty to molesting two girls.

Arthur Russell Jr. was sentenced to up to 12 years in prison on Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court after pleading guilty to 10 charges, including multiple counts of rape of a child with force.

The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/Ii3mJI ) reports that prosecutors say two girls ages 8 and 9 were molested by the 55-year-old Russell between Aug. 15, 2011 and Sept. 23, 2012.

The girls told family members about the abuse, which led to Russell's arrest.

Russell was listed by the state as a Level 3 sex offender based on a 2005 conviction for rape and abuse of a child.

Level 3 offenders are considered the most likely to re-offend.

Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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