Decatur Co. man sentenced for child molestation

Decatur Co. man sentenced for child molestation

DECATUR CO., GA (WALB) - A man has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison on child molestation and sodomy charges.

District Attorney Joe Mullholland said Ricky Benyard pleaded guilty to all charges after the jury was impaneled.

Investigators said the victim, in this case, was 14 years old at the time.

Although these cases are tough to try, Mullholland said they are some of the most important cases.

"This guy was a repeat offender and had previous charges before. Making sure he can't do this to any other children is really important, so we thank the family, law enforcement and the GBI forensic lab for getting all the evidence for us," said Mullholland.

The case is from 2015.

Mullholland said it took a while to try because of the GBI backlog.

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