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Hilton Head teen sentenced to 25 years in molestation case

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BEAUFORT, S.C. (WCIV) – A 19-year-old from Hilton Head was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday for molesting a 4-year-old girl last year.

According to a release from the 14th judicial circuit solicitor's office, Tyriek Person pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He took the deal shortly before jury selection was set to begin.

Prosecutors say the girl told her mother about the sexual abuse in August and identified Person. During a taped interview, Person confessed to the crime.

He had been babysitting for the family for two years, investigators said.

"The child is the bravest person I've ever met for coming to court and being willing to testify," said assistant solicitor Patrick Hall.

By law, Person must serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

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