An Anchorage man has been sentenced to serve 47 years in prison for multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Andrew Horton, 46, was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted by an Anchorage jury earlier this year for two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of interference with official proceedings.

Horton, a first-time felon, faced a 20- to 30-year sentencing range with a maximum sentence of 99 years, according to a Thursday release from the Department of Law.

Assistant District Attorney Betsy Bull, who the DOL says prosecuted the case with Assistant District Attorney Heather Nobreg, asked the court to impose a sentence of 47 years to serve "to recognize that Horton is a long-time child molester who should be isolated for the rest of his life to prevent him from committing similar crimes in the future."

Superior Court Judge Kevin Saxby sentenced Horton to 60 years with 13 years suspended, giving Horton 47 years of active incarceration. According to the DOL, Horton will be on probation for 15 years. He will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

"The Anchorage District Attorney’s Office thanks Anchorage Police Department Detective Jade Baker for his efforts in the multi-year investigation that led to the convictions in this case and thanks the victims for having the courage to come forward," the release says.

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