No jail time for Florida preschool teacher who molested children as young as 4 years old
A former preschool teacher from Orlando, Florida convicted of child molestation was sentenced to 15 years probation during a sentencing hearing on Tuesday. The convict, identified as Jayrico Hamilton, pleaded guilty in March to three counts of lewd conduct on a child.
Hamilton was released from prison on Tuesday night and will spend the next 15 years of his life on probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender. Ever since he was arrested and charged, Hamilton has spent a total of 449 days in the Orange County Prison.
A judge on Tuesday announced that he will not have any additional jail time, adding that the sentence is a downward departure from normal sentencing guidelines. A number of conditions are also attached to Hamilton’s sentence, including prohibition from entering Baldwin Park or Audubon Park or having any contact with the victim or his family.
The convict was a teacher at Bright Horizons in Baldwin Park. The family of one of Hamilton's victims, who was four-years-old at the time of the incident, expressed their feelings before the sentence was handed down.
The victim's father said: "We want you to understand that you have hurt us terribly," according to WFLA.
While the victim's mother, who was in tears, said: "We have to live every day with this. We have to live every day knowing what he put him through."
Hamilton was originally charged with sexual battery on a child under the age of 12. Reports state that if he had been tried on the original charge, he could have gotten a life imprisonment sentence. The former teacher at Bright Horizons Child Care and Learning Center was arrested last year after multiple parents came forward and accused him of sexually abusing their children at the facility.
The incidents reportedly occurred during his stint at the institution in 2017.
Hamilton was hired by the Balwin Park center in 2016. The agency was later fined and put on probation by the state for not conducting a thorough check on Hamilton's background. Hamilton had a prior conviction in Virginia of the same nature.