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Sex offender who was arrested after his TV exposure gets 52 years in prison

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated April 25, 2006 08:00 AM
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An Indiana man arrested last fall on sexual-abuse charges after he was profiled on The Oprah Winfrey Show was sentenced Monday to 52 years in prison.

In February, a jury convicted William C. Davis, 33, on three counts of child molesting and acquitted him of two others. During his sentencing hearing Davis sobbed. He had not testified at his trial, at which three boys took the stand to detail the abuse they said they suffered in 2004, when they were ages 13, 12 and 5.

Davis told the judge on Monday: “I’ve been to prison and I know what’s coming. It’s a terrible place. With the media attention, plenty of people have told me they’re going to be waiting on me to kill me.”

Davis fled Indiana in the summer of 2004, after learning that police were looking for him, authorities said. He was arrested Oct. 6 in Fargo, N.D., two days after Winfrey broadcast his picture during her talk show and offered $100,000 for information leading to his capture.

Two acquaintances in North Dakota and Minnesota split the reward after Davis was arrested.