A Hancock County man charged with multiple counts of sexual acts with minor children was sentenced to 150 years in prison Friday.

Tony Price, 39, of Sparta, who was convicted of 37 counts including child molestation, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and rape, is required to serve 100 years of his sentence without the eligibility of parole, said Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin, the lead prosecutor in the case.

Judge Hugh V. Wingfield III was presiding.

“May you never walk the streets of this county or any county in the United States as a free man. ...,” Wingfield told Price after his sentencing.

The abuse of the two children from Hancock County went on for approximately 10 years before he was arrested and charged with the molestation of a third child in Baldwin County, Baskin said.

Det. Lara Swicord with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, who interviewed Price after his arrest, said Price essentially spilled his guts about having contact with all three children.

Price was also indicted on three counts of molestation for his contact with the child in Baldwin County, but the prosecution put the case on a dead docket, which means it will be held but not dismissed.

Baskin referred to this action as a sort of “purgatory” for court cases.

The testimony of the child in Baldwin County, however, was used at Price’s trial in Hancock County.

“There’s no reason to put all the children through (that),” Baskin said. “I’m just glad it’s over for the kids.”

Before his sentencing, Price asked the judge to be lenient.

Said Price before receiving his sentence: “I’m not a monster, even though (Baskin) tried to make me one.”

Jim Brock can be reached at (478) 453-1456 or at newsroom@unionrecorder.com

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