Cape Girardeau man sentenced for molestation

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Southeast Missourian

A Cape Girardeau man charged with molesting two preteen girls was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday by Circuit Judge William Syler.

Allen T. Smith, 35, who has been in custody since Nov. 9 on two counts of first-degree child molestation, pleaded guilty and waived a presentencing investigation, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said in a prepared statement.

Smith, who had resided at 13 N. Fountain St., Apt. 1, was related to the girls, who were 9 and 10 years old, respectively, at the time of his crime. He was accused of fondling the girls at their home on separate occasions in 2004. Syler sentenced Smith to the maximum term on each count but allowed the sentences to run concurrently.

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