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Elk County man pleads guilty to sexual abuse of young child


RIDGWAY — An Elk County man will possibly spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to the sexual abuse of a young child.

According to court documents, Andrew Kowalski was out of jail on parole a year ago when he raped and caused “near fatal” injuries to the 10-month-old victim.

During a sentencing hearing in Ridgway on Friday, an Elk County Judge said Kowalski must serve a minimum of 20 years, and that if he is ever released again, he is ordered to not be anywhere near the victim.

Court records show that Kowalski had a prior conviction on sexual assault charges in 2013.