A prosecutor says a 20-year prison sentence handed down to a Waldo man in an assault on a 3-year-old relative might be the first sentence imposed under a 2006 state law that allows harsher penalties for repeat offenders.
Fifty-nine-year-old Ronald Farrar was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for gross sexual assault and other charges involving a girl he was baby-sitting at his home in October 2006.
The Legislature two years ago passed the so-called ":Jessica’s Law,": which imposes mandatory prison terms for those convicted of sex crimes against children under 12. The law is named for a 9-year-old Florida girl who was murdered by a registered sex offender.
Geoffrey Rushlau, who is president of the Maine Prosecutors Association, says he thinks Farrar – who is a repeat sex offender – is the first person to be sentenced under the law.