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Judge sentences Mills man to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing child

Judge sentences Mills man to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing child

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Adam Glazier

Adam Glazier

A judge on Friday morning ordered a Mills man to 10 to 15 years’ imprisonment for sexually abusing a child.

Judge Kerri Johnson ordered Adam G. Glazier, 32, serve the sentence for his third-degree sexual abuse conviction. The judge also sentenced him to seven to 10 years’ imprisonment for a single count of possession of child pornography. The sentences, which are consistent with the punishment requested by prosecutors, will run at the same time.

At the Friday morning hearing, the victim’s mother told Johnson that her children have sometimes struggled in school since Glazier abused her daughter.

“I tell them we’re a team and we can get through this,” the woman said.

The Star-Tribune has decided not to publish the mother’s name because it could indirectly identify her daughter.

After the woman concluded her remarks, Assistant District Attorney Kevin Taheri told Johnson that Glazier in 2004 pleaded guilty to child porn possession and received first-time offender treatment. In 2006, Glazier pleaded guilty to a felony burglary charge.

Taheri asked Johnson for the 10- to 15-year sentence.

Glazier’s court-appointed attorney, Joe Cole, then argued that prosecutors’ recommendation would not address the underlying problem; Cole asked the judge to place his client on 10 years’ probation and order he complete a sex offender treatment program. Cole asked the judge — if she decided to sentence Glazier to prison — to structure his sentence so he could parole early and remain on supervision for a long time.

Cole argued that such sentences would allow Glazier a better chance at rehabilitation and therefore be safer for the general public.

“We want the court to choose the (sentence) that provides the most actual protection to society,” Cole said.

After Glazier spoke briefly, Johnson declined to place Glazier on probation and said he ought to receive treatment in prison.

“This is your third felony offense,” Johnson said. “Quite frankly the damage you have caused ... is unfathomable.”

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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