- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A 37-year-old Augusta man accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl has been sentenced to 19 years in prison after a jury convicted him of child molestation.

The Augusta Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1truk6I ) Brian H. Ransom was convicted and sentenced Friday. The jury deadlocked on a second charge of aggravated sexual battery.

A 12-year-old girl told investigators Ransom had sex with her several times last year and jurors heard Ransom’s roommate say Ransom took the girl into his bedroom and locked the door.

Ransom testified he was trying to look out for the girl by sleeping beside her in a crowded house. He told the jury he had no idea why the girl would accuse him of molesting her.

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Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , https://www.augustachronicle.com

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