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Sisseton man, 42, gets 30 years for sexual abuse of child

SISSETON, S.D. -- A 42-year-old Sisseton man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for aggravated sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl, according to a U.S. attorney’s release on Wednesday, July 18.

Ira Alan Arias, who also lists an address in Fort Worth, Texas, was found guilty by a federal jury in Aberdeen earlier this year on three counts of sexual abuse of a child.

On or about May 3, 2015, Arias forcefully engaged in three sexual acts with the victim in a hotel room in nearby Codington County in northeast South Dakota, said court documents..

At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange said Arias “not only used but dehumanized” the victim. Lange also said that the sentencing “brings some sort of closure” and that our “system of justice does work.”