A Burlington County man will be spending the next 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting three juveniles over the course of several years.

37-year-old Christopher Elder of Riverside was sentenced on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child charges back in February.

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According to authorities,

The investigation began last year after disclosures about the assaults were made by one of the victims to a family member. Elder was taken into custody in September and lodged in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly. Additional details about the case are being withheld to protect the identity of the victims.

"The impact on the children is unknown at this time," said the Hon. Philip E. Haines, J.S.C., through a press release, who handed down the sentence in Superior Court. "We don’t know what the full impact will be, and probably won’t know for a number of years. Life is tough enough in an ideal situation, let alone having to go through this."

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina says under terms of the plea agreement, Elder must serve the entire sentence and will not be eligible for parole. He will also be placed on the New Jersey sex offender registry and will be under parole supervision for life.

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