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Fort Valley – A 52-year-old man was sentenced to prison Wednesday in the August 2018 molestation of a 13-year-old girl at a Fort Valley home.

Larry Tennyson Sr., of Fort Valley, pleaded guilty to three counts of child molestation and another related charge during a hearing in Peach County Superior Court. A judge sentenced him to serve 45 years. Tennyson must serve the first 25 years in prison. After his release he must abide by sex offender terms of probation.

If the case had gone to trial, prosecutor Grace Simms Martin would have presented evidence that testing detected Tennyson’s DNA on the girl’s body. The testing was performed after the molestation was reported to law enforcement. Other witness testimony also would have corroborated the girl’s account of the events.

Speaking after the hearing, District Attorney David Cooke said, “Mr. Tennyson used a position of trust to commit his sick and despicable crimes. With this plea and sentence, he’ll be a very old man before he takes another free breath. I hope he spends the rest of his life regretting the trauma he inflicted on this young girl.”

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