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Six sentenced in Pitcairn sex trial

[JURIST] Following their convictions on Monday, six men have now been sentenced to up to six years in prison for rapes and sexual assaults that took place on Pitcairn Island, a British colony. Sentences for the six, who represent half of the island's male population, were suspended while they appeal. Pitcairn Mayor Steve Christian, who was convicted of five rapes, was sentenced to three years in prison, while others were only sentenced to community service. If jailed, the men will likely have to be released periodically during their terms to help man longboats that ferry supplies to the island from passing ships. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the trials. AP has more.

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