Gerald L. Broude, Jr. was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Tuesday morning. Judge Kim Hall sentenced Broude, Jr. to 50 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. He was given 50 years on each of the three Class A Felony counts of Child Molestation, and eight years on one count of Child Molestation, a Class C Felony. The sentences will run concurrently for a total of 50 years.
The mother of the victim gave a victim impact statement this morning and Broude, Jr. maintained his innocence in his statement to the Court. Judge Hall found his actions to have a severe impact on the victim and the family and classified him as a sexually violent predator.
A jury found him guilty on four counts of Child Molestation after deliberating less than 30 minutes on December 1st.
Broude, Jr. has had a previous conviction of Child Molestation and he also previously failed to register as a sex offender. He told Judge Hall that he plans to appeal his sentence.