The man said at his sentencing that he was ashamed and full of regret.

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who pleaded guilty to sexual battery after being accused of abusing six boys has been sentenced to a minimum of 94 years in prison.

Allen County Judge Jeffery Reed called the case against Jeremy Kindle of Elida an “abomination” while sentencing him on Tuesday.

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Kindle pleaded guilty in November to felonious assault, sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors dropped rape charges against Kindle to limit the trauma of the victims, assistant county prosecutor Joe Everhart said.

Authorities said in court documents that the abuse took place over three years. Everhart said Kindle gave the victims gifts, alcohol and marijuana, and he alleged that the defendant was infected with the virus that causes AIDS at the time.

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Kindle said at his sentencing that he was ashamed and full of regret.

The investigation into the case resulted in charges against the former executive director of the Allen County Children Services agency and the resignations of two employees.

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