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Covington man sentenced to life on charges of child molestation, rape

COVINGTON, Ga. - A 43-year-old Covington man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a jury found him guilty on multiple charges, including child molestation. 

According to a post shared by the Newton County District Attorney's Office, Thomas Anthony Sky was found guilty of aggravated child molestation, statutory rape and three counts of child molestation. 

According to the post, Sky committed these crimes over a period of years against the victim until the abuse was reported when the victim was 12 years old.

"Based on the nature of the charges and the defendant's extensive criminal history, including convictions for aggravated stalking, breaking and entering, escape, home invasion, assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon, the defendant was sentenced to life in prison as a recidivist, which is the equivalent to a sentence of life without parole," according to the post.

The case was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Randy McGinley, Investigator Beau Alexander, Victim Advocate Shay Payne and Legal Assistant Anita Carroll. The arrest and investigation was handled by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.