A convicted child molester from Auburn who repeatedly abused two children will spend the next decade behind bars.

During his appearance Thursday morning in Cayuga County Court, Brian Cox was sentenced to spend 10 years in prison and serve 20 years of post-release supervision for sexually abusing two young girls multiple times over the course of multiple years.

According to District Attorney Jon Budelmann, Cox, 43, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, both violent felonies.

After he finishes serving his prison time, Cox, of 4100 Depot Road, must register a sex offender.

Also in court:

• A convicted drug dealer will have to take up his bid to keep his long locks and facial hair with the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

During his sentencing, Richard Bausano, formerly of Moravia, asked Judge Thomas Leone to certify him as a Jewish Rastafarian — a distinction that would allow the inmate to keep his face and head unshaven. Leone denied the request, telling Bausano the matter was between him and DOCCS.

Bausano, convicted after a trial of selling prescription drugs, was sentenced to seven years in prison. For his felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance convictions, the defendant must serve three years of post-release supervision.

• A 20-year-old Port Byron man will spend six months in the Cayuga County Jail for having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.

Greggory Hamel was also sentenced to serve 10 years on probation for his felony second-degree criminal sexual act conviction. He must also register as a sex offender.

• A 33-year-old man who stole from his mother will spend the next five years on probation.

Matthew Schooley, who previously plead guilty to third-degree burglary, must also pay $325 restitution.

Staff writer Samantha House can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or samantha.house@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @Citizen_House.

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