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Auburn man pleads guilty to sexually abusing child

An Auburn man has admitted to having sexual contact with a girl under the age of 11.

Richard C. Gould, 55, of 63 Owasco St., pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of first-degree sexual abuse, a class D felony. During his plea, Gould said he sexually abused a young girl in his home last March. Police said the victim knew Gould, but was not related.

Gould was arrested in April 2017 and charged with first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. A grand jury later indicted Gould on both charges as well as one count of second-degree aggravated sexual abuse, a class C felony.

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