PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- Today a judge sentenced 58-year-old Daniel Snodgrass, a circus performer, to life in prison after he was found guilty of molestation and sexual battery charges.
Snodgrass was found guilty of tying a young girl under the age of 12 to his bed and sexually abusing her, according to a news release from the office of R.J. Larizza, State Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida.
A jury found Snodgrass guilty of sexual battery on a person less than 12 years of age, a capital felony, and two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation on a person under the age of 12, a life felony.
Once the jury returned the guilty verdicts, Circuit Judge Patti A. Christensen sentenced Snodgrass to life in prison, Larizza said.
Snodgrass is a circus performer, Larizza said, and used his profession to gain access and the trust of his young victim.
The victim said Snodgrass tied her to his bed and sexually battered her. During the trial, three other victims came forward and testified against Snodgrass. The victims, now adults, said Snodgrass had sexually molsted them when they were children, ranging in age from four to sixteen at the time they were molested.
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