'Family friend' from India sent to prison for sex assault on girl

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'Family friend' from India sent to prison for sex assault on girl

While visiting his son in New Jersey from India last fall, family friends welcomed Sadashiv Walunj to stay with them at their home in Lower Makefield, across the river in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

They hail from the same village in India.

They called the 63-year-old "Baba," a term of respect for elder men in their culture.

sadashiu_walunj.jpgSadashiv Walunj

During two separate stays, Walunj sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl.

On Wednesday, a Bucks County judge sentenced Walunj to three to 10 years in state prison, the Bucks County District Attorney's Office announced.

Walunj assaulted the child several times on multiple occasions at the girl's home and in her mother's vehicle.

He spoke in court with the assistance of an interpreter and did not deny the al legations against him, but offered no explanation for his crimes, the district attorney's office said.

The assaults occurred in late September and early October, and during a second visit in November. After the second visit, the girl confided in her father, who confronted Walunj, who admitted his actions, court documents say.

Walunj had previously pleaded no contest to aggravated indecent assault of a child. Following his sentence, he'll be sent back to India.

Deputy District Attorney Kate Kohler said in a statement that the girl's parents approved of the plea agreement, which kept their daughter from having to appear in court, and they were not present at the sentencing.

Kevin Shea may be reached at kshea@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @kevintshea. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

Source: Go ogle News India | Netizen 24 India

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