• Hadley man pleads guilty to child rape charges


    NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Hadley man has been sentenced to up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty mid-trial to sexually molesting three young boys.

    Prosecutors say 42-year-old Frank Stanley Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to 18 charges, including six counts of child rape for abusing the boys from 2004 until 2011.

    Authorities say two of the victims were sons of a friend, while the third he was paired with through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and they considered Stanley a "second father" or a "cool uncle."

    Stanley's trial had started Monday.

    In addition to his prison term, Stanley was sentenced to 10 years of probation upon release.

    His lawyer argued for a lighter sentence. The defense attorney had said in opening statements that the boys made up the stories about abuse.

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