SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (WENY) -- A man who admitted to raping and impregnating an 11-year-old will spend the next 24 years behind bars.

Robert Cronin, a Capital District resident, claims the girl became pregnant after using an article of clothing that Cronin had used to masturbate.

He denies ever having sex with the girl, but does not deny the baby is his.

His 24 years of incarceration will by followed by 20 years of post-release supervision.

"There is an order of protection for the victim for 52 years," Assistant District Attorney Michael Nobles said.

She has since given birth. The girl and the infant are believed to be in safe places and being well cared for.