Ohio man, 76, gets 5 years in day care sex assault

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A 76-year-old southeastern Ohio man has been sentenced to five years in prison for molesting a 3-year-old girl at a day care center operated by his daughter.

An Athens County jury last month found Thomas Shifflet guilty of gross sexual imposition in the fondling assault of the 3-year-old, but couldn’t reach verdicts on counts of gross sexual imposition involving two other girls.

In a crowded courtroom in Athens on Wednesday, he agreed to enter pleas to resolve the remaining charges. He entered Alford pleas, which means he didn’t admit guilt but agreed there was enough evidence to find him guilty.

The parents of three of his alleged victims had angry words for Shifflet and his wife, who had maintained his innocence.

The assaults occurred in 2010 and 2011.

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