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Man gets 14 years in prison for molesting daughters

Henry Cooke

Henry Cooke

KINGMAN - A Colorado City man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for molesting his three daughters.

Henry Cooke, 40, faced anywhere from 10 to 17 years in prison when sentenced by Judge Steven Conn last week after pleading guilty to child molestation and two counts of attempted child molestation as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Cooke was arrested in May after police were contacted by his wife, who alleged that their 11-year-old daughter had been molested. Two older daughters, ages 13 and 14, also alleged they had been molested by their father when they were interviewed.

"This did not happen to one victim, but to three," said Prosecutor Megan McCoy. She said Cooke's conduct went beyond the line of touching to more predatory acts that occurred over the course of a year and a half.

Cooke's lawyer, Shawn Hamp, said Cooke was himself the victim of sexual abuse by an extended family member. Cooke quietly apologized to his family and the court before his sentencing.

Cooke also received lifetime probation and will be forced to register as a sex offender after he is released from prison.

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