A man who is serving a decade in prison after admitting to sexually abusing a young girl known to him is denied his request for early release. 25-year-old Athen Trickson Barbosa was sentenced to 10 years last december after he pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The child told police he molested and raped her more than once when she was only 13.

The now Level-One Sex Offender wanted a superior court judge to cut his sentence down to five years. Defense contends the girl was not opposed to the sentencing reduction.

But, Judge Vernon Perez ruled otherwise, denying his request stating 10 years is appropriate and just.