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PHOENIX -- The husband of former U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters has been sentenced to 14 years in prison in a sex abuse case.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 67-year-old Terryl Gene Peters, Sr. also was sentenced Friday to lifetime probation for one count of child molestation and two counts of attempted child molestation.

Peters, of Peoria, was accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl in April 2008. The allegation was reported to police in June 2012.

Prosecutors say the victim's mother called Peters to confront him in a recorded phone call and he admitted to having sex with the girl.

Mary Peters served as the nation's transportation secretary from October 2006 until January 2009.

She considered a run for Arizona governor's post in 2006 but ultimately decided against it.

Associated Press,

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