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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Mahoning County Prosecutor recommended a 15-year prison sentence for a Campbell man who confessed and was convicted of abusing two young girls.

But Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Lou D'Apolito sentenced 37-year-old Carvell Cecil to six-and-a-half years in a state penitentiary.

He's also ordered to register as a sex offender for the next 25 years.

Assistant prosecutor Natasha Frenchko described 10 years of abuse that two 9-year old girls, relatives of Cecil, endured at the man's hands. Frenchko called the Campbell man a sick individual and a monster who repeatedly molested the two girls and attempted to groom them for sexual intercourse.

"The sexual abuse continued up until they were 13-year-old so it was our position that he was a danger to society, a real threat because he started off with one 9-year-old and when she turned 13, within a couple of years, he moved on to another 9-year-old," Frenchko tells 21 News. "That sexual abuse continued and during that time frame he picked up a charge of pandering that was amended to public indecency. So you just really see a pattern of misconduct and sexual abuse."

Cecil's church pastor and his wife addressed the court on his behalf. His wife Darla Cecil said her husband's actions against family members were highly inappropriate and undeniably wrong, but she told the judge that she felt the prosecutor's recommendation of a 15-year prison sentence was extremely overzealous.

"This man wasn't a stranger to these children," Frenchko says "That's how people get access to children because of that relationship they have with other family members and friends."

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