AUBURN — A former Lewiston firefighter who pleaded guilty to assaulting his daughter over a period of years when she was a child has avoided any time behind bars.

Donald Lagrange was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison, but the entire sentence will be spent on probation. He was also barred from having contact with his now 26-year-old daughter or her family, any girl under the age of 18, and ordered to undergo treatment.

The 55-year-old Lagrange pleaded guilty last week to 20 counts of misdemeanor assault. Three counts of gross sexual assault were dropped.

The Sun Journal reports that Lagrange denied harming his daughter. His lawyer says his client pleaded guilty to avoid a “harrowing” trial.

His daughter said her father sexually assaulted her from age 8 to 16.

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