It only took a moment for Louis P. Colburn Jr. to molest a 2-year-old girl last September.
His Wednesday guilty plea to child molestation, and the 10-year prison sentence that followed, likely took longer.
Colburn and others had returned to a Columbus home around 3 a.m. Sept. 1, 2007. The girl's grandmother had put the girl to bed and closed the door, stepping outside to collect more items from the car.
When she walked back inside, she saw the door that was supposed to be closed slightly ajar. She walked into her granddaughter's room, said Assistant District Attorney LaRae Moore, and saw Colburn with his pants unzipped.
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She asked the girl if Colburn had done something to her, Moore said. He had.
"Someone like that needs to be locked up," the grandmother said.
Colburn told the woman that he was going to use the bathroom, but Moore said the bathroom wasn't in the girl's bedroom. The grandmother started screaming, and others in the home chased Colburn from the house.
Defense attorney Stephen Craft said a jury would have had questions about what happened, though he noted prosecutors had dropped charges of aggravated sodomy and aggravated child molestation.
"Mr. Colburn was extremely intoxicated," Craft said, adding his client's drunkenness wasn't an excuse.
Moore said Colburn's previous brushes with the law could have reached a jury, if the case had gone to trial. She said Colburn was convicted in Cobb County in 1993 of assault while trying to rape a woman and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Colburn also was charged in Columbus in 1999 with inappropriately touching a 13-year-old girl, the prosecutor said. He wasn't convicted of that charge.
"We feel like he is a danger to children in this community," Moore said.
Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Frank Jordan Jr. said he reluctantly would follow the plea agreement, and he sentenced Colburn to 10 years in prison, followed by five years on probation.
"I have remorse for what I done," Colburn told the victim's family before he was led from the courtroom.