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An Albany man was sentenced to more than 31 years in prison on Wednesday after being convicted of sex crimes against two victims younger than 12.

David Vidales, 31, had pleaded no contest to charges of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree sex abuse last week.

The Albany Police Department investigated the case and arrested Vidales in April. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance that month and learned of allegations of sex abuse against children who Vidales knew.

Vidales will not be eligible for any reductions in his prison sentence, no alternative incarceration programs, and he must register as a sex offender.

A charge of first-degree rape and another charge of first-degree sex abuse were dismissed at the sentencing hearing, per terms of a negotiated settlement.

"The tragedy in cases like this is that the sentence may give our community some sense of closure, but the pain and disruption for the victims and their families can persist," said prosecutor Richard Wijers. "The law enforcement response and investigation in this matter provided the evidence from which this sentence derives. The necessary intervention and healing could never happen without such a response."

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