Kansas man facing life in prison for molesting girl

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A 43-year-old Kansas man could spend the rest of his life in federal prison after being sentenced under “Jessica’s Law” for molesting a 4-year-old girl.

Alvin Houston III was convicted Dec. 12 of one count of aggravated criminal sodomy. He was sentenced last week to life in prison without parole for 40 years.

Houston was arrested after his victim told her grandmother what was happening. The grandmother spoke with an elementary school teacher who contacted the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of the family.

Coffey County Attorney Douglas Witteman says Houston gave investigators a detailed confession when he was interviewed. The former Ottawa-area resident previously was convicted of trying to rape someone under 14 in Franklin County in 2000.

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