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BELFAST, Maine -- A 31-year-old Rockland man has been handed a 22-year sentence for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl in what a prosecutor said is the first application at trial of Maine's version of Jessica's Law.

Micah Boland was found guilty in a jury-waived trial in February and was sentenced Thursday in Belfast.

Jessica's Law is named for a Florida law that stemmed from outrage at the rape and murder of a young girl. The case sparked laws that dramatically stiffened penalties for some sex offenders who target children.

Assistant District Attorney Eric Walker said other sentences have been handed down under Maine's version of the law, but those stemmed from plea agreements.

The law instructs judges to begin their deliberations with no less than a 20-year sentence.
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