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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 37-year-old eastern Missouri man has been sentenced to five consecutive life sentences in prison, plus 34 years, for sex acts with three young children.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/U0FV69) reports Harley Juan Smith of St. Charles County was indicted by a grand jury in March and pleaded guilty in August to four counts of statutory sodomy. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing child pornography, two counts of child molestation, statutory rape and sexual misconduct involving a child.

Prosecutors say the incidents took place between October 2008 and January 2012 at the homes of the children, all of whom were younger than 12.

Police say two of the children were assaulted while Smith was baby-sitting them.

Circuit Judge Ted House handed down the sentence Friday.

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