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      Kirksville man sentenced after pleading guilty to child molestation

      Larry Graber was sentenced Tuesday to serve time in the Mo. Dept. of Corrections

      A Kirksville man has been sentenced to time in the Missouri Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to child molestation.Larry Graber, 64, appeared in Circuit Court Tuesday before Judge Russell Steele and was given the nine year sentence. Probation was denied.On Nov. 8, Graber pleaded guilty to the Class B felony of Child Molestation.According to court papers, Graber had been accused of having sexual conduct with the victim when she was just 6 years old and again at the age of 9. The victim spoke to a school counselor about the incident. The victim told investigators the incidents happened at Graber's residence in Kirksville.

      During the sentencing hearing, Graber's attorney argued that he should be placed on probation while Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson argued that Graber be sentenced to the Missouri Department of Corrections.Graber has been held in the Adair County Detention Center since his arrest and will be transported to the Missouri Department of Corrections by the Adair County Sheriff's Office.Previous story....Alleged molester has sex crime history