A 54-year-old man was sentenced to four and a half years in prison on Tuesday for the sexual abuse of three young girls, prosecutors said.
James Groggs pleaded guilty in February to second-degree attempted rape, second-degree sexual abuse, second-degree sodomy and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse. Russell County Circuit Court Judge George Greene sentenced him Tuesday, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Buster Landreau.
The abuse happened over six years. Groggs was arrested after the children reported the abuse, though he was out on bond at the time of his sentencing. Deputies took him back into custody on Tuesday, Landreau said.
“As opposed to having to put three small children through the agony of testifying, I think it was a good deal,” Landreau said of the sentence.