NY man with hard past gets 25 years in child rape

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York man who was a poster child for victimized children has been sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for raping and choking a 10-year-old girl.

Adam Croote, of New Scotland, pleaded guilty in March to attacking a child he was babysitting. The Times Union reports (http://bit.ly/JB6Lyf) he was sentenced Friday.

Croote's life story is horrible.

At age 2, his father killed his mother and left him alone with her body.

His maternal grandparents abducted him during a custody fight. His face was on missing-child fliers for years until they were captured.

At 7, he and his paternal grandmother witnessed President Clinton signing a policy putting missing-children posters in federal buildings.

As a teen he was convicted of sexually assaulting an instructor at a home for troubled youths.

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Information from: Times Union, http://www.timesunion.com