Cedric Brooks was sentenced Monday to 10 years behind bars, but he still maintains his innocence. The father of three young girls says he would never sexually molest or hurt anyone. He also says he's innocent and should be set free, but the victim says he deserves to be in prison.
Cedric Brooks said, "I made a commitment to do whatever I can to help children."
Brooks wept as he spoke before Judge John Cooper at his sentencing hearing in courtroom 3B, still maintaining his innocence.
Cedric Brooks said, "That child knows I didn't touch her. I have three young daughters."
Brooks was convicted last month of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor. School surveillance video showed the two walking into the boys locker room in the early morning hours last April, and that video may have sealed his fate.
The teenage victim said, "We both know the truth. I know it in my heart and he knows it. I was taken advantage of by him someone I knew I could trust and I did not deserve this."
The victim's mother added, "Cedric Brooks deserved the maximum time for the crimes he's charged with. The sentence should be an example what we in society will not tolerate from any adult."
At least a half dozen of Brooks’ family members were in court, his mother and sister asking the judge for a lighter sentence.
Paula Gilley, Brooks’ sister, said, "I pled mercy on the court for my brother because he has continually made an impact in the community with children."
After listening to both sides the judge rendered his final decision.
Judge John Cooper said, "You are sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections with credit for 45 days."
Upon release Brooks will be placed on two years probation and must register as a sex offender.
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