molester sentenced to 30 years
Wanda English Burnett
Anthony Prater, 30 of Osgood, recently pled guilty and was sentenced
on a Class A Felony charge of Child Molest.
Prater was sentenced to 30 years with the Indiana Department of
Corrections, with ten years suspended to probation.
According to Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel, the criminal
acts were perpetrated against a child under the age of 14. The
charge was filed against Prater in December of last year.
Prosecutor Hertel was pleased with the plea agreement. He said,
This sentence is a direct result of a quality investigation
started and finished by the Indiana State Police Detective (Tracy
Rohlfing). He went on to say, Any time you can avoid
putting a young child through the rigors of a jury trial, running
the risk of a not guilty verdict and still obtaining a sentence
of this significance and magnitude, is a credit to the investigation
and the law enforcement officer that was involved. Cross examination
can be torturous to a young child.
Following Praters release from prison he will be required
to register as a sex offender and follow all terms and conditions
set forth by the sex offender registry.