Teacher sentenced to more than 3 life terms for child molestation

3:50 PM, Oct 18, 2013   |    comments
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DECATUR, Ga. -- A former DeKalb County teacher was sentenced Friday to three consecutive life terms plus 10 years for molesting a number of teen boys.

Former Miller Preparatory Academy instructor Casey Thomas was found guilty of 17 of the 18 counts against him, including aggravated child molestation, cruelty to children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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"He is a predator and rightfully deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars," said DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James in a statement. "This sentence sends a loud message that child molestation will not be tolerated in DeKalb County. Hopefully, this sentence will begin the healing process for the victims and their family members."

Prosecutors said Thomas worked as a teacher where he met and molested the boys. Thomas did not have a college degree or any sort of formal teaching certification.

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