Judge Miller sentences child sex offender to life behind bars

First Judicial Circuit Judge John Miller has sentenced 35-year-old John David Thomas, Jr. of Alvin, Texas to serve the remainder of his natural life in prison for the molestation of an 8-year-old Gulf Breeze girl.

“My client still maintains he’s innocent,” stated Thomas’ attorney, Cynthia Nash-Early. She noted Thomas had a history of misdemeanors and felonies but no sexually related charges.

It took a jury less than 15 minutes May 7 to find Thomas guilty of lewd or lascivious molestation. He was convicted of molesting the victim at her residence in March 2013.

“This is a case I’ve thought long and hard about since trial,” stated Miller, who said he saw the victim exhibit cold fear upon seeing Thomas during the trial. Miller pointed out the girl was in her own bed trying to sleep when the incident occurred.

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