VALPARAISO | Liberty Township resident Jackie Robson received the maximum eight-year sentence Tuesday after a jury found him guilty last month of molesting a girl.
Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford cited Robson's criminal history, which includes two prior felony convictions for sexual activity with a minor and a third for transporting a machine gun.
Robson, 49, who declined to speak Monday in court before sentencing, dodged three higher level molestation charges during last month's trial.
The jury was unable to agree on verdicts for two Class A felony counts and found him not guilty on a third. He was convicted of Class C child molesting.
Three girls -- two in fifth grade and a third two years younger -- accused Robson of molesting them during a period of January 2008 to April 2012.
Public defender Peter Boyles argued Monday for a period of Robson's sentence to include probation rather than prison time, pointing out his client had complied with earlier terms of probation satisfactorily.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Matt Frost argued for the full eight years in prison, referring to Robson's criminal history and his unwillingness to take responsibility for any of the cases involving sexual activity with minors.
Robson continues to claim he is the victim of false accusations, Frost said.
Robson told the judge he plans to appeal and was appointed the continued services of the county public defender's office.
Frost said his office has not yet decided whether to retry Robson on the two A felony counts of child molesting left undecided by the jury.