Man sentenced to 140 years in prison for molestation

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A man who pleaded guilty to molesting a girl over seven years has been sentenced to 140 years in prison.

Thirty-seven-year-old John D. Patrick of Anderson apologized during his sentencing Monday in Madison Superior Court.

His attorney had argued for a lesser sentence. Patrick is expected to appeal the sentence.

Investigators say Patrick began molesting the girl, who is mildly mentally retarded, when she was 7 years old.

The police investigation began when a family friend reported the abuse. The girl now lives with a foster family.

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