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A former Massachusetts middle school teacher has been sentenced to up to 18 years in prison for raping a young girl. James Parks, 56, was convicted Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court of several charges, including three counts of child rape aggravated by age difference. The judge said she gave arks a severe sentence because ‘‘he clearly took advantage of a very young, very vulnerable child.’’ Parks, of Southampton, is a former science teacher at West Springfield Middle School. The victim was not a student. Parks assaulted her when she was between 12 and 15. (AP)