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Convicted Child Molester Gets 870 Years

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    A convicted child molester in South Texas who tried to bribe the victim to get her to drop the case has been sentenced to 870 years in prison.

    A judge in San Antonio on Tuesday sentenced Melvin Robert Martin to seven 50-year terms, 25 20-year terms and two 10-year terms in prison.

    The sentences will be served concurrently.

    Jurors in October convicted the 37-year-old Martin of aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child by contact and indecency with a child by exposure.

    The victim, who was 8-years-old when the abuse started, was molested numerous times between 2000 and 2009.

    Prosecutors said Martin was in jail when he called relatives of the victim and offered $10,000 to get her to recant.