Ex-Marine Pleads Guilty To Molesting

A New Bern man entered a plea of guilty to molesting his 9-year-old
goddaughter.

On Thursday a judge sentenced 49-year-old Kevin Michael bates to at
least 15 months in prison.

Bates turned himself into New Bern police in October. He was charged
with taking indecent liberties with a child. The former marine who lived
with the victim's family says he touched her inappropriately on the
bathroom floor countless times.

The victim's mother spoke to WITN about her daughter's abuse and
says she doesn't know how long the despicable acts were going on.

If Bates gets out on parole, judge ken crow said he must be
psychologically evaluated, register as a sex offender for 10 years, and be assessed for satellite monitoring.

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