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Repeat sex offender apologizes, gets 30 years in prison
Repeat sex offender apologizes, gets 30 years in prison

Nelson Bernard Clifford, the repeat sex offender who won acquittals in four separate cases after he took the stand and said the alleged attacks were consensual, was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison Thursday by a judge who said he had exposed "cracks in the system." Clifford, 37, was convicted this month of third-degree sex offense and theft in a 2007 attack on a woman. He attacked her shortly after serving nearly 10 years for an earlier sexual assault. At his sentencing Thursday, he apologized tearfully, cast blame on the state, and begged Chief Judge Alfred Nance for help. He said he had a long-standing problem that he realized at a young age but never received...

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