Juvenile advocate guilty in child sex assault


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An employee of the juvenile court's Youth Advocacy Program has been found guilty of sodomizing two teenage girls. Sherman Tate was acquitted of rape.

Both girls were students at Mobile's Point Academy, a school for troubled youth in 2010 when the assaults occurred.

The girls testified that Tate had assaulted them on several occasions.

Tate took the stand in his defense. He claimed own troubled past was a factor in his efforts to work with teens. The prosecutor said the availability of victims was too much temptation.

Tate, 38, was sentenced to an eight-and-a-half year prison term. He will be required to register as a sex offender.

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