Springfield man who raped girl he was babysitting sentenced

(AP) - A 19-year-old Springfield man who raped a young girl he
was babysitting was sentenced to 20 years in prison.Chris Courtois was sentenced Wednesday for statutory rape, child molestation and four counts of statutory sodomy.

The Springfield News-Leader reports prosecutors said Courtois sexually abused several victims.

It was the first case in Greene County in which prosecutors used a 2014 state constitutional amendment allowing evidence of prior criminal acts, whether charged or uncharged, to be considered by juries in the prosecution of child sex crimes.

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