LANCASTER — A Gorham man will serve at least a year in prison after he was found guilty of aggravated felonious sexual assault and felonious sexual assault.

Coos County Justice Peter Bornstein sentenced Leslie Howe, 69, of 15 Normand Ave., to serve one and a half to five years on the aggravated felonious sexual assault charge.

Six months of his minimum sentence will be suspended if he successfully completes the sex offender program while incarcerated. He was given credit for 56 days of pretrial confinement.

He was sentenced to serve two to five years on the felonious sexual assault charge, all suspended for 10 years. He was also placed on five years probation. The two sentences are consecutive.

Defense Attorney Jay Duguay had argued for no jail time.

In his sentencing plea, he said Howe has significant health issues and his physical infirmity makes any chance of reoffending unlikely.

Howe was found guilty after a three-day jury trial last November. The victim in the case was 10 years old at the time.

Coos County Attorney John McCormick prosecuted the case.

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