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Dad gets 23 life terms for molesting daughter

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BURNET, Texas » A Texas Hill Country jury that convicted a man of multiple counts of sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography has given him 23 life prison terms.

State District Court Judge Dan Mills then stacked the sentences Thursday, meaning Robert Michael Areaga won’t ever get out of prison.

Prosecutors showed Arteaga started molesting his daughter at age 4. When she was 15, she told a school counselor.

The now 16-year-old testified at the Burnet County trial.

Assistant District Attorney Stacy Street tells the Austin American-Statesman the girl’s childhood was stolen by the man who was supposed to protect her and the victim would spend the rest of her life trying to overcome what had happened to her.

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