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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 22-year-old Texas man has been sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison for engaging in sexual contact with a minor in southwest Missouri.

The office of the U.S. Attorney for western Missouri said in a release Wednesday that John Paul Gamage of Houston was sentenced Tuesday to 24 years and five months without parole. The sentence also requires Gamage to spend the rest of his life on supervised release after he’s released from prison.

The prosecutor’s office says Gamage pleaded guilty in June to traveling across state lines to engage in illicit sexual contact with a minor. The prosecutor’s office says he admitted traveling to Stone County in order to engage in illicit sex with an 11-year-old victim and also admitted sexually assaulting a nine-year-old victim.

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