Ala. judge sentences Tenn. man for molestation

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- A Houston County judge has sentenced a Tennessee man to a 15-year prison term for molesting a 10-year-old girl.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Conaway sentenced 55-year-old Joe David Riser Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn., on Wednesday. A jury found Riser guilty last month of felony sex abuse of a child under the age of 12.

The jury acquitted him of two other charges.

Riser was originally charged by Houston County sheriff's deputies with molesting three girls, ages 6, 8 and 10, between October 2007 and October 2008.

Assistant Houston County District Attorney Andy Robinson said Riser faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years because it was a class B felony sex crime, and the victim was under the age of 12.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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