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Man sentenced to prison for forced sexual conduct

Robert Arthur Butcher, 42, of 49454 280th St., Ponsford has been sentenced to four years in prison for felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct -- force or coercion.

On April 18, 2007, a sheriff's department investigation revealed that he had sexually penetrated a girl under the age of 10 in the early morning hours in Ponsford.

He pleaded guilty Feb. 5 and on Thursday was sentenced by District Judge Mark Hansen to 48 months in prison, with credit for jail time served. He was fined $50 plus court fees and ordered to have no contact with children. He must register as a sex offender.