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A Lincoln man who raped and impregnated a 14-year-old relative in 2019 will serve 12 years in prison, a judge ruled Tuesday morning.

Paul Fiske, 38, pleaded guilty to numerous sex charges including the most serious, Class A gross sexual assault, in January. He also admitted to contacting the victim, now 16, from jail and pressuring witnesses not to testify at a trial.

The victim gave birth to Fiske’s child in October 2019. The Bangor Daily News is not identifying her.

Superior Court Justice William Anderson sentenced Fiske to 25 years in prison with all but 12 years suspended, followed by eight years of probation. If he violates the terms of his probation, he could be sent back to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Devon DeMarco and defense attorney Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor had jointly recommended that Fiske be sentenced to 20 years in prison with all but 10 years suspended, but Anderson rejected the plea agreement, citing the seriousness of Fiske’s offenses.

“There are all sorts of things to cause this to be more serious than most other offenses of this type,” he said. “The 25-year sentence that I am going to impose is quite reasonable under the existing circumstances.”

Fiske was a foster parent to the victim he assaulted, Anderson said. The sexual assault happened repeatedly and Fiske intentionally impregnated the victim, the judge said. Finally, he tried to get the victim to change her story when she came forward.

“I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I think this is one of the more serious cases I think I’ve ever seen,” Anderson said. “I just hope that you have learned something from this because what you did to this child was absolutely horrible.”

The conditions of Fiske’s probation include no contact with the victim, her child or children under the age of 16. He will also have to register as a sex offender and will be on the registry for life. He will be able to meet with his three children with his wife under supervision of the Department of Health and Human Services’ supervision or the supervision of a probation officer.