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Petaluma man found guilty of molesting girls

A Petaluma man convicted of sexually abusing a young girl over a period of five years now faces more than two decades in prison, authorities announced Friday.

John Christopher Sparrow was a "trusted family friend and neighbor" of the victim, whom he met when she was 8-years-old, District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement.

Sparrow, 55, first abused the victim in 2005 when she was 11 years old and he continued his actions for five more years, until mid-2011.

He then also molested her friend, said Deputy District Attorney Christine Cook.

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