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FARMINGTON — A former Shiprock Northwest High School employee has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for sexually abusing a child.

Harrison Cambridge, 56, of Shiprock was sentenced during a hearing this morning. He was also sentenced to 15 years of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Cambridge was arrested in December on allegations that he inappropriately touched a young girl. In January, he was indicted and charged with abusive sexual contact of a child under the age of 12. Cambridge pleaded guilty to the charges in March, according to the press release.

A criminal complaint states Cambridge visited the girl's house while her mother was at work and her grandmother was sleeping. Cambridge allegedly sat on a couch and began to watch television before pulling the girl on top of him and touching her inappropriately.

The girl later called her mother and told her what had happened, according to the criminal complaint. Her mother alerted authorities, the complaint states.

After charges were filed against Cambridge, Shiprock Associated Schools Inc. terminated its contract with him, according to Daily Times archives. Cambridge was a paraprofessional in the life skills program. He also coached softball for the high school in 2014, according to school board minutes.

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