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Poland convicts man for imprisoning and raping daughter

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A Polish court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for holding his daughter captive for six years, raping her and fathering two sons with her.

A spokesman for the court in Bialystok told Associated Press that Krzysztof Bartoszuk was found guilty of rape, sexual acts with a minor and abuse.

Bartoszuk admitting to having sex with his daughter, now 23, but argued it was with her consent.

He was arrested in 2008 when his wife and daughter complained to police.

She told police she was kept locked in a room and raped repeatedly over a period of six years.

She was let out of the room for the birth of the two sons, in 2005 and 2007, she said.

Each time she was accompanied by her father who made her give the children up for adoption, she told police.

Polish media called Bartoszuk the "Polish Fritzl" because of similarities to the case of the Austrian man, Josef Fritzl, who was found guilty of imprisoning his daughter in a cellar dungeon for more than 20 years and fathering seven children with her.

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