A man from South Roxana is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars for molesting a four-year old girl. Sixty-six year old Harvey Burk Simington, of the 200 block of Ohio, was sentenced Monday to 32 years in prison after being convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault. Simington's victim was six-years old when she testified at his trial.
He was convicted of repeatedly molesting her for a period of six months back in 2011, although during the trial last December he called the girl a “great actress” and a “nuisance.” The abuse was discovered when the victim began acting out sexually in school when she was only four years old. Circuit Judge Kyle Napp blasted Simington during the sentencing hearing yesterday, calling him “dangerous.” Assistant State’s Attorney Amy Gabriel credited the girl for testifying in the trial, and had asked for the maximum sentence.
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