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Man Sentenced To Life For Raping Boy In Public Library

A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to life in prison for raping a six-year-old boy in the reading room of a public library.

Twenty-seven-year-old Corey Deen Saunders pleaded guilty in February.

The crime happened last year at New Bedford Public Library, a little over a year after Saunders was freed after serving four years for the attempted rape of a seven-year-old boy.

Prosecutors and three psychologists objected to his release, saying he was too dangerous to be let out. But the judge noted that Saunders had not committed any sex offenses in prison.

In the new case, Saunders admits luring the child into the reading room while the boy's mother was using a computer only a few feet away.

Despite the life sentence, Saunders will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

The case has sparked new interest in a civil commitment law that would allow certain sexual offenders to be locked up indefinitely.


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