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James Mason

Registered sex offender sentenced to 20 years for sexual assaults on teens near Annapolis

A registered sex offender was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl he met online and sexually assaulting her 14-year-old friend.

James Mason III, 30, of Annapolis, had run-ins with the law starting at age 12, and this case represented his fourth and fifth sex crimes, according to Anne Arundel County prosecutor Kathleen Rogers.

"This is completely within your character, taking advantage of people sexually," Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner said to Mason.

Hackner said the girls were looking for an evening of fun on July 8, 2010, and were vulnerable. Rogers said that Mason plied the teens with alcohol and...