A 39-year-old Pearl River man was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for molesting a 6-year-old girl, a spokeswoman for 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery said.
Joshua Liner was convicted in Judge Allison Penzato’s court on June 4.
The girl’s family called police after she told her mother that Liner had touched her inappropriately when she and her father visited his home on two occasions in 2013.
In an interview with the Children’s Advocacy Center, the girl said Liner also made her touch and kiss his genitals. The victim said she was afraid of Liner and didn’t want him to get angry with her, so she complied.
During Liner’s trial, a 30-year-old woman testified that he had molested her from the age of 6 until she was 12.
Assistant District Attorney Julie Knight was the prosecutor. Detective Huey Davis, of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, investigated the crime.
The range in sentencing for Liner’s crime was 25 to 99 years, according to Lisa Page, of the District Attorney’s Office.