Soddy-Daisy man sentenced to 20 years for child molestation

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A Soddy-Daisy man convicted of child molestation was given a 20-year sentence, with the first 15 years to be served in prison, by Catoosa County Superior Court Judge Don Thompson following a three-day trial that ended last week.

Japheth Long, 28, was charged with child molestation for an incident in October 2019 at the Econo Lodge hotel in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

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Long, who had no prior felony convictions, was staying there with the 4-year-old victim's mother, according to a news release from Lookout Moutain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Chris Arnt. The victim's mother was in the bathroom when the crime occurred, and evidence presented at trial suggested both Long and the victim's mother had previously been using methamphetamine in the room, the release said.