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NE Indiana Man Gets 187 Years for Sex Crime

AUBURN, Ind. (AP): A northeastern Indiana man has been sentenced to 187 years in prison for luring teenage girls into sex acts by throwing alcohol- and drug-fueled parties and giving some tattoos.
       A DeKalb County judge ordered the sentenced Monday against 31-year-old Jason Schwartz of Butler.
       A jury convicted Schwartz in early March of 10 felony charges, including child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor. Authorities say the six girls were 13 to 15 years old when the crimes happened in 2012.
       The Star of Auburn reports Schwartz didn't testify during Monday's hearing, but when Judge Monte Brown called him a predator, Schwartz replied “I'm not.”
       Several of the girls testified they attended parties Schwartz's rural home and one girl said she had sex with Schwartz in exchange for a tattoo.

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