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A Massachusetts man in prison there for raping two young girls has been sentenced to four years in Connecticut prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting one of the children at a Preston campground, as reported by the Norwich Bulletin.

Barry Andre, 60, formerly of Auburn, Mass., received his sentence in New London Superior Court. His sentence here will start after he finishes serving a 7-year to 9-year sentence in Massachusetts.

Andre sexually assaulted a girl at Strawberry Park Campground in Preston beginning in 2008 when she was 11, Assistant State’s Attorney David Smith said. The assaults continued during stays at the campground for about five years, according to police, as well as at home in Massachusetts.

A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty on Thursday to transporting a minor from New Hampshire and engaging in sexual activity with her.

Lawrence Marks, 35, of Tewksbury, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to transportation of a minor in interstate commerce for illegal sexual activity, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Donald Feith. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 30, 2016 and faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years.

In November of 2014, New Hampshire State Police were conducting an investigation into the possible sexual abuse of several children in Franklin. The investigation led the to Marks, whom several witnesses identified as a man who had been seen frequently with one of the children.

A Ludlow woman who successfully pushed for new legislation extending the statute of limitations for alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits will get her day in court.

Kathy Picard, 52, has said previously she worked for 12 years to push a new bill extending the deadline for alleged victims to sue. The law changed the deadline from age 21 to 53. The bill was signed by former Gov. Deval L. Patrick on June 26, 2014, with Picard present.

The same day, she filed a $1 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court against her stepfather. A trial is imminent.

A former youth hockey coach accused of sexually assaulting one of his young players in the 1990s pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to the charges against him, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Robert Richardson, 61, of Dorchester, was indicted on three counts of child rape, authorities said. The alleged abuse began in 1991 when Richardson gave the victim, then 13, a spot on the team he coached, according to the DA’s office. He later had the teenager spend a few nights a week at his home, which is where the sexual abuse took place, authorities said.

While in his teens, the victim reported the abuse to a family member and told his high school hockey coach that he was not comfortable working with Richardson, though he did not say why, according to the DA’s office. The coach dismissed Richardson from his position with the team at that time, authorities said. The victim reported the abuse to police last year.

A man wanted in Massachusetts for allegedly raping a child was arrested Tuesday in the town of Austerlitz, New York, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Zachary Santoro, 28, was arrested on a warrant at his home on Rapp Road, deputies said.

The arrest was part of a joint investigation between the Massachusetts State Police and sheriff’s office investigators assigned to the Special Victims Unit.

A Revere man has been sentenced to 2½ years in jail after being convicted of raping a 12-year-old Leominster girl in 2012. Eduardo Varanda was ordered in Worcester Superior Court to serve two years, with the balance suspended for five years of probation. Varanda, 21, was found guilty earlier this month of child rape but acquitted of witness intimidation. Authorities said the sexual assault occurred in May 2012 in the victim’s home. Varanda knew her family.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported that prosecutors sought a more severe sentence of 10 to 12 years in prison.

A former high-ranking member of a Roman Catholic religious order has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for raping a boy at a Massachusetts summer camp in the 1980s.

The Rev. Richard McCormick, of New York, was also sentenced last week in Lawrence Superior Court to 10 years of probation.

The 73-year-old former member Salesian Society of North America was convicted Nov. 12 of five counts of child rape that prosecutors said occurred between 1981 and 1982 at a youth camp in Ipswich run by the order.

A Pittsfield man has been found guilty of child rape for sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl.

A Berkshire Superior Court jury took a little more than two hours to convict Erick Ruiz-Trujillo of one count of rape of a child with force.

Authorities say the 32-year-old Ruiz-Trujillo raped the girl in November 2012. While not related to the victim, they were staying in the same home at the time of the assault.

A Somerville teacher was charged with raping a 13-year-old student after authorities said the victim’s mother saw disturbing online communications.

“The idea that a teacher would use their position of authority to manipulate an impressionable young teenager is unsettling and alarming,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said.

Alexandra Romanos, 41, of Stoneham, a fifth-grade teacher at East Somerville Community School, was ordered held on $50,000 bail at her arraignment in Somerville District Court, where she pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated rape of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

A registered sex offender from Lowell is facing charges for allegedly raping a girl over several years, starting when she was 6.

Philip St. Hilaire was held on $100,000 bail after pleading not guilty to statutory rape of a child and indecent assault and battery of a child.

Prosecutors say the girl, now 13, disclosed the alleged abuse to a counselor this month.