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75-year-old ND man sentenced for sexual abuse

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a 75-year-old West Fargo man to 18 months in prison for sexually abusing three children who lived next door to him.

Cass County District Court Judge Frank Racek also ordered Ned VanDyke to live at least 400 yards from his victims when he is released from prison.

VanDyke was convicted of the crime in May but has continued to live next door to the children.

The Forum reports ( ) that VanDyke continued to maintain his innocence throughout Monday's hearing.

Prosecutors say the kids were between the ages of 4 and 8 when the abuse began in 2007. It continued until last year.