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Man sentenced to 17 years for molesting boys

A 20-year-old man who said he was a victim of childhood sexual abuse was sentenced to 17 years in prison Friday for molesting boys.

"I'm sorry for everything that has happened," said Kevin Kinder, facing the judge with his girlfriend at his side. "I just want an opportunity to redeem myself."

Kinder pleaded guilty in May to nine counts of performing a lewd and lascivious act in incidents involving four boys, ages 11 through 13. State sentencing guidelines recommended a prison term of 17 to 22 years.

"I just don't want to see Kevin get out of jail, ever," said the mother of an 11-year-old victim. "I feel there's no mercy for someone like that." Her son was among the courtroom spectators.

Police said Kinder, a high school dropout, seduced the boys with roller-skating trips and cigarettes between May and October of 1992. He picked up one after the boy's bicycle had been stolen, and he met another, a runaway, at a fast food restaurant.

Kinder was molested as a child by a man now serving a prison term, his attorney said.

Circuit Judge Debra Behnke said Kinder's prison term would be followed by 15 years of probation. He must complete a treatment program for sex offenders and pay restitution for the victims' counseling.