Deric Conn, 24, of the 1600 block of Third Street, was sentenced to 30 years on child molestation charges Monday in Allen Superior Court.
The conviction stems from incidents that took place between Dec. 1 and Feb. 14, when, according to court documents, Conn engaged several times in sexual acts with a 12-year-old boy.
In court Monday, the boy's mother addressed the court and Conn. She told the court she and her husband will always feel that they failed to protect their son. She explained how her son met Conn and developed a friendship; Conn was the cousin of a family they already knew and trusted. She told the court Conn was a coward who preyed on the innocence of children, and said she hoped he would be treated by a grown man in prison the same way her son was treated by him.
As family members sobbed quietly behind her, she said, “There will never be an amount of jail time that will give him (her son) back his innocence.”
When the mother was finished speaking, Conn apologized to the family, the boy, the judge and the court for his behavior.
“I want to be a better person,” Conn said.
Conn pled guilty to an agreement which dropped four of five Class A felony charges against Conn, leaving him charged with one Class A felony and one Class C felony for child molesting, a total of 30 years. Twenty years of the sentence are to be served, with 10 years suspended and three years of probation.