Ex-New Jersey mayor sentenced for child sex abuse

The former mayor of a New Jersey suburb has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for repeatedly raping and molesting a young girl at his Delaware home.

A judge on Friday also ordered that 71-year-old Matthew Scannapieco must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim.

Scannapieco was arrested in August 2014 and charged with sexually abusing the girl over a three-year period starting in 2005. He pleaded guilty in May to continuous sexual abuse of a child, rape, and unlawful sexual contact.

Scannapieco served as mayor of Marlboro Township from 1992 until 2003.

Authorities said Scannapieco sexually abused the girl while awaiting sentencing in federal court after pleading guilty in 2005 to charges of tax evasion and accepting bribes.
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