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Jun 17, 2013 12:06 PM

Child predator gets 99 year sentence in child molestation and pornography case

HOUMA | Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced today that a Houma man was sentenced to 99 years at hard labor after pleading guilty to eight counts of molestation of a juvenile under the age of 13 and eight counts of production of child pornography of a person under the age of 13.

The defendant, Scott Thomas Massey, 35, was indicted last year by a Terrebonne Parish grand jury after investigators with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office and detectives with the Terrebonne Sheriff's Office conducted an undercover investigation, which revealed that Massey had been recording videos of himself fondling numerous children while the children slept.

Attorney General Caldwell stated, "Our highest priority is making certain that people who commit crimes against our children are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

While the sentences on each of the 16 counts will run concurrently on each count, Judge Randall Bethancourt ordered that the entirety of the sentence be served without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Assistant Attorney General Kurt Wall, who prosecuted the case, praised law enforcement and the families involved. "This is a horrible thing for the families of the victims to have endured. Their courage and resolve are to be commended."

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