Convicted Child Molester Sentenced To 25 YearsPosted: Updated:
A town of Denmark man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of molesting a young girl.
Thirty-nine year old James Hall was sentenced in Lewis County Court Friday morning.
He was convicted on charges of first-degree course of sexual conduct and endangering the welfare of a child from incidents that happened in 2009 and 2010.
Hall was indicted in 2011.
The victim, who was in first and second grade when she was assaulted, read a statement over the phone in court, saying how the incident continues to haunt her.
"When I close my eyes, I don't have dreams, I have nightmares. It's like I'm reliving everything all over again," she said.
This is the second time the victim has faced Hall in court.
In 2011, Hall was found guilty of the same the crime and was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.
But, Hall's first conviction and sentence were overturned on appeal because of a technicality.
Lewis County District Attorney Leanne Moser says she's relieved this case is over for the victim and her family's sake.
"When you are now placed in that circumstance, you certainly want justice to prevail and it did today," she said.
Moser says this type of case in an example for those who have been victimized and are afraid to speak out.
"What I hope is that this helps other victims who did not report themselves and that it gives them some strength to understand that even having to go throughout like she has twice, that the end result does speak for justice," said Moser.
Hall maintains his innocence. He was already registered as a sex offender stemming from a third-degree sodomy conviction in 1999.
"Mr. Hall is just very saddened that is was the verdict in this matter and he professes his innocence," said his defense lawyer, Jason Poplaski. "He has throughout this entire matter and he's very sad about the circumstances."
Poplaski said he plans to appeal.