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Jul 14, 7:36 AM EDT

A Massachusetts man who lured teenage girls he met online into real life sexual encounters has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison


WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man who lured teenage girls he met online into real life sexual encounters has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

Matthew Clem was sentenced Wednesday in federal court after pleading guilty to multiple charges, including four counts of aggravated child rape.

Prosecutors say the 31-year-old North Brookfield man between 2011 and 2014 persuaded teens he met online to send him explicit photos of themselves and met some for sex. Some victims were as young as 14.

Prosecutors say Clem earned the girls' trust by pretending to be a teen himself. When he met them, he said he was the teen's older cousin.

Clem in a statement read in court said he suffers from mental illness and will never forgive himself for what he did.

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