HHI man gets 25 years for molestation
BEAUFORT – A 19-year-old Hilton Head Island man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday, March 17, 2014 for molesting a four-year-old girl in 2013.
Just before a jury was to be picked for his trial, Tyriek Person, of Sandalwood Terrace Apartments, changed his plea to guilty as charged on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
The victim disclosed the abuse to her mother in August 2013. During a videotaped interview with a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigator, Person admitted to molesting the girl. He had been babysitting for the family for two years.
“The child is the bravest person I’ve ever met for coming to court and being willing to testify,” said assistant solicitor Patrick Hall, who prosecuted the case.
Judge D. Craig Brown handed down the sentence. By law, Person must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole or any other early-release mechanism.