Katie Haught, now 22, is adamant that her father wasn't her attacker. She sat behind her father at the hearing on Tuesday.
Lavigne's sister, Lori Haught, said this was the first hearing Katie had been allowed to attend.
Lavigne, dressed in a suit and tie, was led out of the courtroom after Stowers read his sentence. He carried manila folders containing legal documents.
"The fight is not over with yet," he said before entering Stowers' courtroom.
The family gathered for nearly an hour outside the courtroom in the lobby where a Christmas tree was set up before the hearing began.
Lavigne knelt down on one knee and talked to Katie Haught's daughter, who was born about a month after he was released last year, as the family pinned white ribbons on their shirts.
"They're for survivors of sexual abuse, and mean strength, courage and hope," said Lisa Clark, Lavigne's niece.
"They stand for Joe's innocence," Lori Haught said.
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