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.