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Child molester sentenced to 40 years

POSTED: September 11, 2007 5:03 a.m.

A convicted child molester has been sentenced to 40 years and life on probation for crimes he committed in December.

Clayton Driggers, 31, was charged with rape, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. He was found not guilty of rape and guilty of the molestation and battery charges.

For the aggravated sexual battery he was sentenced to 40 years plus life on probation, and for the aggravated child molestation charge he was sentenced to 20 years to be served concurrently with the 40 years.

According to Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Brian Deal, Driggers also faces another trial for a crime he committed in July 2006. He was defended by Jack Williamson of the public defender’s office. Judge F. Gates Peed presided over the trial.

Missi Blakey, victim services coordinator at the Rape Crisis Center in Savannah, felt it is important for Effingham County families to know about the case.

“I just think the community needs to know child molesters are out there,” she said. “It’s important for victims to know that they can come forward.”

Blakey attended the one-day trial and was happy with the verdict.

“One less child molester is on the street,” she noted.

Deal also was pleased.

“I have no complaints,” he noted, though he admitted that he would have liked a conviction on the rape charge.

Driggers was out on bond at the time he committed the crimes in Springfield against two teenage victims.
Though Blakey doesn’t believe the conviction helps to deter other molesters from committing crimes, Deal is more positive.

“I hope so,” he said, “because that’s definitely not the kind of thing we want in Effingham County.”

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