A bit of justice in the good old USA.

Parsons, a Fayette County assistant prosecutor, was reluctant to estimate just how many children may have fallen prey to sex offender John Edward Keeney. He says he knows there are at least 13. "We talked to people who had been victimized by him going back to 1976," Parsons said Thursday at his Fayetteville office. "If I gave you a number, it would probably be too low."

In January, he was indicted by a Fayette County grand jury on 14 felony sex crimes against girls aged 5 to 8 years. The charges ranged from first-degree sexual assault to incest. He pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Fayette Circuit Judge John Hatcher last week sentenced Keeney to at least 36 years in prison after a jury convicted him on four of the counts related to one victim, who was 5 years old when the abuse began. Parsons said he is satisfied with the result, considering Keeney's age -- 59.

This is an example for the rest of us to follow.

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