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Man Sentenced To 5 Years For Molesting Girls At Daycare Centers

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ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio -

A judge sentenced a 76-year-old man to five years in prison for sexually molesting children at two daycare facilities in Athens County.

Thomas Shifflet, of Glouster, was convicted on March 18 of gross sexual imposition with a child under the age of 13.

Shifflet also entered an Alford plea to three remaining counts of gross sexual imposition. The jury was unable to unanimously decide on the three counts after his trial.

An Alford plea means that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution would likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said, "Shifflet sexually molested multiple' … on various dates in 2011, and the defendant sexually molested a 10-year-old girl in a vehicle in March of 2010, with his wife and the victim's grandmother present."

Shifflet will have to register as a tier II sex offender when he is released from prison.

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