A Kingston man who preyed on four middle school girls was sentenced to 17 years in prison for the rapes, officials said.

Brian Densmore, 26, of Hillcrest Avenue in Kingston, was sentenced Tuesday by Ulster County Court Judge Donald Williams for his mid-October guilty plea to four counts of second-degree rape, Ulster District Attorney Holley Carnright said.

Under the terms of Densmore's plea deal, he will serve consecutive seven-year sentences on two of the rape counts, plus two three-year sentences that will run concurrently, officials said.

"Our investigation revealed that the defendant 'friended' his victims on the Internet," Carnright said in a statement. "He was aware that his victims were in middle school and he was well aware that they were under legal age to engage in sexual activity."

Densmore engaged in sex acts with the girls, who knew each other and were under age 15, in various outdoor locations around Kingston between the summer of 2011 and the spring of 2012, but not on school property, Carnright said. The rapes were not forcible, he said.

Densmore served almost three months in 2011 at the Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray Brook on a criminal mischief conviction and was on parole at the time of the sex crimes, officials said. Before that, he was convicted of possession of stolen property and had been placed on probation, officials said.

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"We viewed Densmore as a sexual predator and I am thankful that he will not be in a position to harm children for a long time," Carnright said.

Information on Densmore's legal representation was not immediately available Wednesday.

With The Associated Press