Cashman stated that he gave the original very brief sentence because there would have been no provision for the defendant to have gotten sex offender counseling while in prison, and the short sentence was the only way Cashman saw for the man to get counseling.
The powers that be in Vermont have apparently okayed counseling for the offender, so Cashman was willing to increase the length of the prison sentence.
I still think a minimum of three years is far too short for a crime as serious as this one. I mean, abusing a child for four years?! The guy can get out after three years, though he'll have to spend the rest of his life on probation or parole.
Frankly, I had thought that sex offender counseling was mandatory for sex offender inmates; I know it's mandatory for parolees who have committed sex offenses in Texas. *shakes head*