MOUNT VERNON, Ind. – A man arrested last fall on sex abuse charges after he was profiled on "The Ophrah Winfrey Show" was sentenced Monday to 52 years in prison.
William C. Davis, 33, was convicted by a jury in Posey County in February on three counts of child molesting and acquitted of two others.
Davis, who did not testify during his trial, sobbed as he asked for leniency during his sentencing hearing.
"I've been to prison and I know what's coming. It's a terrible place," he said. "With the media attention, plenty of people have told me they're going to be waiting on me to kill me."
Three boys testified during Davis' trial about the abuse they said they suffered in 2004, when they were ages 13, 12 and 5.
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.
Davis was convicted in 1992 of molesting a child, then also convicted last week in neighboring Vanderburgh County on five counts of child molesting.
The most serious of those charges carries a prison term of 20 years to 50 years. He is to be sentenced in that case June 14.