SILVER CITY – An Arenas Valley man will spend 11 years in prison following a plea agreement on charges of criminal sexual contact and child abuse that could have sent him to prison for 36 years. Larry Bledsoe, 55, pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor under the age of 13, a third-degree felony, and two counts of abuse of a child, second offense, a second-degree felony in connection to an incident in March 2010 during which he abused a 3-month old male infant.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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