- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Jefferson County teen convicted of sexually abusing two children at a daycare his mother worked at has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Eric Lemont Higdon was sentenced to 23 years and 15 years on two counts of sodomy Tuesday morning. He’ll serve the sentences concurrently.

Higdon was convicted in mid-February of sexually abusing children at Momma’s Place Christian Academy in Clay. Authorities have said allegations against Higdon surfaced in August of 2012.

Investigators have said the children who accused Higdon of molesting them were between 3 and 5 years old. Investigators have said Higdon didn’t work at the daycare, but visited on a regular basis. His mother was fired from the daycare after the allegations arose.

Higdon’s attorney Charles Salvaggio says he plans to appeal the conviction.

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