The former teacher of a Henry County elementary school in the 1970s has been convicted of abusing three girls in the early 1970s.
Henry County Circuit Judge Thomas Moore sentenced Matthew Allen to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting his victims.
The court said he used the girls’ “unwanted, inappropriate touching, touching that was not consenting and touching that had the effect of depriving them of sleep, their liberty and the opportunity for a full and proper education.”
Allen was convicted last year of five counts of forcible rape and one count of aggravated sexual battery against a victim under 14.
He is the only former teacher in the county’s history to be convicted.
In March, the court dismissed Allen’s convictions.
The victim’s mother told the court she had known about the assaults for years.
She said the abuse happened for years before she became aware of it, but she didn’t believe it was a sexual assault.
The case drew national attention, prompting the school district to hire a new school principal and hire an outside law firm to investigate the case.
Allen was also sentenced to three years in state prison for the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl in 2002.
The other two girls, ages 14 and 16, were taken from their homes in 2013.