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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 multiple acquittals after taking the stand and saying 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, tearfully apologized and begged Chief Judge Alfred Nance for help, acknowledging a long-standing problem that he realized at a young age. He said he never received sufficient treatment, even while serving nearly 10 years for a sex offense. "I believe the state of Maryland failed me," Clifford said, reading from a prepared statement. "I didn't have to turn out this way." His remarks...

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