MANATEE -- A Bradenton man was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexual battery by a person over age 18 upon a child under 12, according to the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office.
Mark Jones, 45, was sentenced Wednesday for crimes the State Attorney's Office say were committed from April 2011 to December 2012.
"Three young females testified to sexual abuse committed upon them by this defendant," a release states. "All were between the ages of 3 and 9 when abused by this defendant."
The case was investigated by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and Jones' trial was held at the Manatee County Courthouse from May 18-27.
"Justice was served and we are relieved that he will never again have access to children," said Assistant State Attorney Cynthia Santinello Evers, lead prosecutor, in a written statement.