A former Florida state corrections officer at the Washington Correctional Institution will be on the other side of the bars.
Last month, a jury made up of four males and two females deliberated two hours before convicting Harold Allen Pate on a charge of lewd or lascivious conduct on a child.
The prosecutor said the 38-year-old defendant fondled a 15-year-old family friend nearly one-year-ago.
Before pronouncing sentence Circuit Judge Allen Register said the victim will suffer long lasting trauma from the incident:
"it is clear to the court that the emotional scars on this young lady will be long felt by her long after you are released from the sentence I’m about to impose upon you," said Judge Register.
Judge register sentenced Pate to 15-years behind bars to be served in a state penitentiary.
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