ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A 32-year-old St. Johns County man convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting two boys younger than 12 on multiple occasions was sentenced Friday to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 15 years, with no possibility of parole.
Prosecutors said Michael McIntosh sexually assaulted one of the boys between 2004-05, and the other from 2007-08. McIntosh was already a registered sexual offender and on probation when these crimes occurred.
After a two-day trial, it took less than an hour for a jury to convict McIntosh of five counts of sexual battery on a person younger than 12, lewd or lascivious molestation, and lewd or lascivious conduct.
At Friday's sentencing, both of the victims spoke, as well as one of the victim's parents and the grandmother of the other. McIntosh's father, brother and two sisters spoke, as did the defendant.
After a brief recess, Judge Howard Maltz addressed McIntosh, saying his conduct was "nothing short of despicable."
"By your actions, you've sentenced the victims in this case to a life sentence of emotional turmoil that can't be undone," the St. Augustine Record quoted Maltz as telling McIntosh. "Your conduct has demonstrated that you do not deserve to walk this earth as a free man. With my sentence today, I'm going to assure that that's the case."
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