Man Sentenced To 68 Years In Prison For Molesting Young Girl

| by Jonathan Constante
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An Indiana man has been sentenced to 68 years in prison for child molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor.

Larry Randolph, 40, seemed less than remorseful at his sentencing hearing on March 20. He maintained his innocence and vowed to appeal his case after being found guilty of repeatedly molesting a young girl between 2007 and 2012 in the city of Gary, Indiana.

Deputy Prosecutor Michael Toth read a letter aloud in court, which was written by the victim.

“I never had a childhood. I will never be normal,” the girl wrote. “I want Larry to pay for what he did to me.”

Randolph's attorney, T. Edward Page, challenged the convictions based on evidence presented during the trial. He argued that because it was unclear from the girl’s testimony how old she was when the incident occurred, and because his client had no significant criminal record, Randolph should serve no more than 20 years in prison.

But Toth, who argued for a 118-year prison sentence, said that Randolph had threatened to send the girl back to foster care if she told anyone about what he did to her. He added that the crimes began when she was 9 years old.

Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell agreed to vacate the conviction for a charge of attempted child molesting, which is a Class A felony.

Still, Randolph described himself as an upstanding member of the community whose only crime was “being a person who cares.”

Boswell sentenced Randolph to a total of 68 years in prison and ordered for the sentences to be served consecutively. Randolph is detained at Lake County Jail and has been there for 654 days.

Source: Chicago Tribune / Photo Credit: NWITimes