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Former Broward County Priest Sentenced For Sex Crimes

After pleading guilty to multiple counts of sexual battery and lewd and lascivious battery upon allegations that he molested several children over the course of the past 30 years, a former Broward County priest was sentenced to 15 years in state prison.

At 69 years-old, a 15-year prison sentence is essentially a life term.

The State Attorney's Office had reduced several of the charges, reducing the accused's guideline score under the Florida Criminal Punishment Code's Sentencing Guidelines. The judge imposed a sentence that was within that guideline range.

Pleading guilty to a sex crime can result in the accused become a sexual offender or sexual predator. Also, under Florida's Jimmy Ryce Act, a person who has been convicted of sexually-violent or sexually-motivated offense can be subjected to prolonged detention, even after their prison sentence has expired.

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