A 19-year-old Hilton Head Island man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday for molesting a 4-year-old girl last year.
Just before jury selection began, Tyriek Person pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to a 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office news release. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for early release.
The victim reported the abuse to her mother in August, the release said. In a videotaped interview with a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office investigator, Person admitted to molesting the girl, whom he had been baby-sitting for two years, the release said.
"The (victim) is the bravest person I've ever met for coming to court and being willing to testify," assistant solicitor Patrick Hall said in the release.