A 22-year-old sailor who was convicted of raping a 9-year-old girl and molesting three other girls was sentenced Thursday to 31 years in state prison.
Alan Earl James received the term from San Diego Superior Court Judge Raul Rosado, who denied a motion from James' attorney for a new trial.
The judge imposed a consecutive five-year term for James' 1981 child molestation conviction and another year consecutively for James' failure to register as a sex offender.
Afterward, the father of one of the girls said: "Some guy like this should be put away forever. If this is as hard as they can give him, that's fine."