Sex offender gets six years in state prison

NORWICH – Convicted sex offender Tommy L. Kessinger Sr. – found guilty of felony first degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child in February – was sentenced to six years in state prison Monday in county court.

The 25-year-old Smyrna resident was indicted last April on the sex abuse and endangering charges, accused of inappropriately touching a then-four-year-old child after the child’s bath. Kessinger, at that time, was living with his girlfriend, Sonya Wilson, at her brother and his fiancee’s residence. According to Chenango County First Assistant District Attorney Stephen Dunshee, the two were babysitting Wilson’s four-year-old nephew at the time of the incident.

Kessinger was found guilty after a brief, two-day trial in the Chenango County Courthouse. The jury, on Feb. 22, returned with the verdict following just over an hour of deliberation.

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