A Nemaha, Nebraska man convicted of sexually abusing an 8-year-old relative in Maine nearly a quarter-century ago was ordered Friday to serve five years in prison.
A Superior Court judge in Bangor imposed the sentence on 65-year-old Clarence Cote, convicted in January of abusing the girl. His attorney, who vowed to appeal, had questioned why the state took so long to prosecute when it knew of the allegations in 1994. He says the state had lost key evidence.
Prosecutors said they had trouble finding Cote after he moved to Nebraska.