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N.H. man sentenced third time in sex case

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Associated Press / February 28, 2008

MANCHESTER, N.H. - A former Manchester man was sentenced yesterday to up to 60 years in prison, after being convicted of sexually molesting a friend's daughter a decade ago, when the girl was 8 years old.

Delvin White, 64, was initially convicted in 1997 of molesting two sisters, a ages 12 and 8, while staying in their apartment after supper with their father and his fiancee.

White had met the girls' father while he was in state prison on previous child molestation convictions in Maine and Colorado.

The 1997 conviction was overturned by the First US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, because White did not get a chance to cross-examine the girls. He successfully argued that the girls' credibility was key to the verdict against him. He said he should be allowed to argue they had made false accusations of sexual abuse before against others.

At his second trial in 2005, charges involving the 8-year-old were dropped, but White was convicted of rape and felonious sexual assault on the 12-year-old. He again argued that the girls had made false accusations of sexual abuse before.

The state Supreme Court overturned the conviction, saying the trial judge should not have allowed certain testimony.

In the latest trial, White was convicted in December of two sexual assault charges against the younger child. Judge Gillian Abramson sentenced him to 10-20 years on one charge and 20-40 years on the other.

The case involving the older sister was put on hold.

County Attorney Marguerite Wageling praised the victim for testifying yet again, 11 years after the assaults.

"Despite the numerous attacks on their characters throughout the appeal process, the girls did not hesitate to come forward again to tell the truth," she said.

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