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      Child molester sentenced to prison for sex crime, other charges dropped

      Tyrone Montgomery was sentenced to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to Criminal Sexual Conduct With A Minor.

      Tyrone Montgomery, 27, of Darlington was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to Criminal Sexual Conduct With A Minor stemming from an incident back in 2009.

      The State dismissed charges of five counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct With A Minor and Indecent Exposure Wednesday due to evidence issues.

      Hartsville police arrested Montgomery after they said he molested the children between the ages of five and eight on Washington Street and Wilkes Circle in June, 2013.

      Montgomery is subject to the SC Sexually Violent Predator Act for his conviction of the 2009 charge, according to officials with the Fourth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

      The Act provides for involuntary civil commitment of a mentally abnormal and extremely dangerous group of sexual predators.

      If there is probable cause to believe the offender is a sexually violent predator, a judge may order a psychiatric evaluation of the offender to be completed by a court appointed evaluator.

      These offenders found to be sexually violent predators are committed to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health in an intensive treatment program, and their mental status is reviewed annually to determine if they are safe to be at large.

      If released from treatment, the offenders must register as a sexually violent predator on the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry for life, and their registration and photograph must be updated every 90 days.