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WILKES-BARRE — A Hazleton woman charged with not reporting a claim of 9-year-old girl being sexually abused was sentenced Thursday to seven to 23 months in county prison.

Maxine Tini, 30, of South Fulton Court, was sentenced on a charge of endangering the welfare of children that she pleaded guilty to in January. She received 237 days credit for time already served and was immediately paroled.

According to court papers, Hazleton police said a 9-year-old girl reported to Tini that she was being sexually abused by Earl Kozich, 28, also of Hazleton. When questioned about whether she knew the girl allegedly had been abused, Tini said she did not recall being told that and never called the police or county Children and Youth services.

Tini said on one occasion she did find the girl in bed with Kozich and thought it was strange, but a friend told her the girl was probably just seeking attention.

Kozich was charged in February 2012 with one count of aggravated indecent assault and is awaiting an April 29 trial. Court papers state that when Kozich was questioned about the alleged assaults, which reportedly occurred between October 2011 and January 2012, he admitted to touching the girl on at least five occasions.

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