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Man sentenced following child molestation conviction
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Andrew Perry

COVINGTON, Ga. – Barring a successful appeal, a convicted child molester will spend the next 50 years in a Georgia prison following his sentencing in Newton County Superior Court Thursday afternoon.

Andrew Perry, 28, was convicted Aug. 10 of one count of aggravated child molestation and one count of aggravated sodomy. According to Senior Assistant District Attorney Amber Bennett, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on a third charge of statutory rape at Perry’s trial.

Perry had been arrested for the crimes involving a victim under the age of 10 in 2016.

Alcovy Circuit Judge Samuel Ozburn sentenced Perry to life with the first 25 years to be served in confinement on the aggravated sodomy charge and to 25 years in confinement on the aggravated child molestation charge to run consecutively for a total of 50 years in prison.

Perry will also be required to submit to sex offender treatment and register as a sex offender when he leaves prison.

Perry’s attorney, Jennifer Arndt of the Newton County Public Defender’s Office, said Thursday that Perry intends to petition for a new trial.