A Spring Creek Township man, who was found guilty of indecent assault against a minor in a jury trial in March, was sentenced Friday to jail time and a lifetime Megan's Law offender designation.
The sentence was handed down during sentence court proceedings before President Judge Maureen Skerda.
Eugene L. Muzzy, Jr., 5059 Oil Creek Rd., Spartansburg, was sentenced to 10 months to two years less one day in the Warren County Jail for charges stemming from an incident of inappropriate contact with a 12-year-old girl which occurred during the night of Aug. 17-18, 2012 at his Spring Creek residence.
Skerda said the sentence is in the middle of the standard range.
State police originally alleged that Muzzy reached under the girl's clothing touching her chest and buttocks areas following a report of the incident and a subsequent interview with Muzzy on Aug. 28.
During the trial, Warren County District Attorney Ross McKeirnan highlighted statements from Muzzy's interview with police for the jury including, "my hand could have slipped in there" and "sometimes your arm doesn't know what it's doing."
During Friday's sentence proceeding, Public Defender Alan Conn, representing Muzzy, noted that Muzzy provides care for his elderly father and would prefer a local sentence to stay close to family. McKeirnan called for a sentence on the high edge of the standard range.
When asked by Skerda if he had any comment prior to sentence, Muzzy said, "(I) want to be with my dad, help him out." He also said he wanted the opportunity to help others as needed.
Skerda responded that "(the) court has the duty to hold you accountable for your criminal offenses." She noted that an assessment by the Sexual Offender Assessment Board did not determine that Muzzy is a sexually violent predator, but Skerda added that the offense is a "Tier 3 Megan's Law offense," requiring lifetime registration under the state's sexual offender regulations.
In addition to the prison sentence and Megan's Law designation, Muzzy was also ordered to pay the costs of prosecution, $600 in fines and fees and complete one year of probation. Skerda ordered that Muzzy is work release and early re-entry eligible. He was ordered to participate in mental health and sexual offender counseling.