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John F. Knudson, 69, sentenced for molesting girl, 9, in St. Paul park

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Here's what the cops say 69-year-old John F. Knudson did last October: He called out to a little girl walking past him in St. Paul's Iris Park. She hesitated. He grabbed her. He forced her behind some nearby trees. He pulled down her underpants. He molested her. Later in court he said he'd been drinking.

Ramsey County District Judge Gary Bastian sentenced Knudson to 7 1/2 years in prison for the crime -- to say nothing of ruining the girl's life and feeding every parent's worst nightmare. And according to the Strib, this is the eighth time Knudson has been convicted of a sex crime since 1963.