FALL RIVER — An Easton man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to the indecent assault of a 13-year-old girl.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said Manual DaCruz, 55, pleaded guilty on August 31 in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person under the age of 14.

He was sentenced to serve seven to 10 years in state prison, followed by supervised probation for another 10 years following his release. The sentence was handed down by Judge Renee Dupuis.

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According to the D.A.’s Office, DaCruz began “tickling” the victim in late winter of 2017 while spending weekends at the Easton home he shared with the girl’s mother. The assault progressed from there until the victim eventually told a friend, who in turn told the victim’s mother, leading to DaCruz’s arrest.

“The defendant took advantage of his access to the victim and repeatedly molested her. I am pleased the defendant has been held accountable for this very disturbing conduct which has significantly impacted the victim. I hope she can move forward with her life,” District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III said.

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