Man convicted of sexually abusing a child sentenced to at least 10 years

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AUSTIN, Minn. – An Austin man is going to prison for at least 10 years for sexually abusing a child.

After a three day trial in May, 43-year-old James Ray Watkins was found guilty on one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree involving a victim between 36 months and 13 years old.  He was sentenced Thursday to 12 years behind bars, with a conditional release after 10 years, and he will be required to register as a predatory offender after release.

Watkins was accused of sexually abusing a minor in February 2013.

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