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Man Sentenced In Sexual Assault of 11-year old Girl

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A man has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

Ivan Fournier was sentenced  after previously pleading guilty to second-degree sexual assault under the Alford Doctrine, meaning while he doesn’t agree with all the state’s allegations, he acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict.

Prosecutors say the 60-year-old Vietnam veteran who uses a cane to walk assaulted the girl in Manchester in 2002.

His lawyer said Fournier suffers from post-traumatic stress from his time in Vietnam and had suffered spine and head injuries in a car crash and decided to plead guilty to put an end to the case.

Fournier must register as a sex offender and stay away from the defendant when he is released.

Fournier apologized to his victim in court.

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