A U.S. missionary will spend 23 years in prison for sexually abusing a child in Haiti.

James Arbaugh pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced by a federal judge in western Virginia Monday.

Arbaugh lived in Haiti for about 15 years as a Mennonite missionary, visiting children in small towns and villages.

He admitted inappropriately touching a 12-year-old child in 2016.

"James Arbaugh was a wolf in sheep's clothing," Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said in a Justice Department statement on Monday. "He posed as a selfless missionary when in reality he was exploiting his position to prey on and sexually abuse vulnerable children in one of the most impoverished areas of the word."

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