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Swansea man sentenced to prison for child rape

Lawrence Lamphier leaves Fall River District Court on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, after being charged with one count of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14.

The Bristol County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday that a 73-year-old Swansea man was sentenced to serve 25 to 30 years in prison on child rape charges.

A spokesman said Lawrence Lamphier was convicted Tuesday of four counts of rape of a child -- aggravated by age, two counts rape of a child by force, and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14 years of age.

Prosecutors said Lamphier repeatedly raped two family members in his home between 2012 and 2014. One of the victims was 4 to 6 years old during the rapes and the other was 7 to 9 years old, prosecutors said. Both testified at Lamphier's trial.

"Despite the defendant's age, the sentence imposed by the court is well deserved," District Attorney Thomas Quinn said in a statement.

Police began an investigation in June 2014 when the victims told their mother about the alleged assaults.

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