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Minn. man gets 6 years for abusing boys on US base

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to six years in prison for sexually abusing two boys at a U.S. Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan.

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U.S. District Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced 29-year-old Joshua Gardner on Wednesday.

In addition to his prison term, Gardner was sentenced to three years of supervised release. After serving his prison term, Gardner must register as a sex offender as a condition of release.

Gardner pleaded guilty in January to one count of abusive sexual contact of a child under the age of 12.

In his plea, Gardner admitted that sometime between September 1997 and May 2002, he sexually abused two boys under the age of 12 on Kadena Air Force Base. At the time of the offenses Gardner lived in Okinawa.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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