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Associated Press - October 8, 2008 5:54 AM ET

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) - 1 of 4 Sharon men charged with sexually abusing two girls over several years has accepted a plea bargain.
Donald E. Simmons III is charged along with his father, uncle and grandfather in the case.
The 20-year-old Simmons pleaded guilty Tuesday to risk of injury to a minor. He entered his plea under the Alford doctrine, in which he does not admit guilt but concedes the state could convict him at trial.
He already is in prison on a 4-year sentence for molesting a 5-year-old boy. He will be sentenced Jan. 6 on the new charge.
The other defendants - Donald E. Simmons, Donald E. Simmons Jr. and Robert R. Simmons, all of Sharon - are charged with sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. They return to court Oct. 31.

Information from: The Register-Citizen of Torrington,, and the Republican-American of Waterbury,
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