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Berlusconi Gets 7-Year Sentence For Paying A Minor For Sex

NPR | June 24, 2013 3:10 p.m. | Updated: June 27, 2013 2:35 a.m.

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Robert Siegel, Sylvia Poggioli

An Italian court has found former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi guilty of paying for sex with a minor, a then teenaged pole dancer known on stage as “Ruby the Heartstealer.” The court also convicted Berlusconi of abuse of power for having her released from police custody after she was arrested for an unrelated theft. The court sentenced Berlusconi to seven years but he will not go to jail pending appeal to higher courts.

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