As a paralegal with the Utah Attorney General's Office, Marko Baica Jr. helped litigate cases against accused child abusers.

Last week, an Ogden judge sentenced Baica to prison for perpetrating the same kind of abuse upon a young girl.Baica, 45, was fired from his position with the attorney general's child protection office in Provo shortly after allegations surfaced in June 1996 that he molested the girl over an eight-year period.

But state prosecutors agreed to a plea bargain in which Baica pleaded no contest to three reduced second-degree felony counts of non-sexual child abuse.

On Aug. 24, 2nd District Judge Roger Dutson rejected a plea for probation and ordered Baica, who continued to assert his innocence, to serve three concurrent terms of 1 to 15 years in Utah State Prison.