Man Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting 8-Year-Old, Possessing Child Porn

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/10 2014 01:06PM

Updated 04/10 2014 01:09PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A Vermont man was sentenced to 15 years to life Wednesday for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl and possessing child pornography. 

A press release says Mechenna Ford, 35, of Milton, Vt., was arrested in 2013 after a tip given to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

During an interview, police say, Ford admitted to video recording himself sexually assaulting a girl in Franklin County in early 2013. Police also found approximately 9,000 images and videos of child pornography at his home. 

Ford pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual assault, one count of simple assault on a police officer, and six counts of possessing child pornography. 

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