Hilton Head teen sentenced to 25 years in molestation case

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WCIV) - A 19-year-old from Hilton Head wassentenced to 25 years in prison Monday for molesting a 4-year-old girl lastyear.

According to a release from the 14th judicial circuitsolicitor's office, Tyriek Person pleaded guilty to one count of first-degreecriminal sexual conduct with a minor. He took the deal shortly before juryselection was set to begin.

Prosecutors say the girl told her mother about the sexualabuse in August and identified Person. During a taped interview, Personconfessed to the crime.

He had been babysitting for the family for two years, investigatorssaid.

"The child is the bravest person I've ever met for coming tocourt and being willing to testify," said assistant solicitor Patrick Hall.

By law, Person must serve 85 percent of his sentence beforebeing eligible for parole.