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Eric Higdon sentenced to 23 years in prison, no chance for parole

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Eric Lamont Higdon (Source: WBRC video) Eric Lamont Higdon (Source: WBRC video)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A criminal court judge sentenced Eric Higdon, the teenager accused of sexually abusing children at a Clay daycare, to 23 years in prison on Tuesday morning.

Higdon was found guilty of two counts of sodomy by a jury back on February 18. On six counts, he was found not guilty, including two other counts of sodomy and four counts of sexual abuse.

Judge Pulliam sentenced Higdon on both counts of first degree sodomy. On one sodomy count, he was sentenced to 23 years. On the other count, he received 15 years. The sentences will run concurrently, with no chance for parole.

Higdon has thirty days to appeal the ruling. His attorney, Charles Salvaggio, says they plan to appeal his conviction. Higdon will have a new attorney representing him during the appeals process.

"This is one child that could not even identify my client in the courtroom, so for the accuser not to be able to be identified by the alleged victim, that's disturbing to me," Salvaggio said.

The charges and sentence are the result of parents telling police that Higdon allegedly molested their children at Momma's Place Christian Academy in Clay in August 2012.

The alleged victims included two five-year-olds, one four-year-old and one three-year-old.

Higdon is the son of a former employee at the Clay daycare. He was never employed by the daycare.

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