Georgia man pleaded guilty to child molestation in Newport

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — A Georgia man will serve 12 years of 25 after he pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree child molestation.

According to the court, Theodore Gathmann, 20, of Roswell, Georgia, molested a 13-year-old girl.  that he knew while staying in Newport for the funeral of a relative in December of 2015.

At the time of the incident in December of 2015, they were staying in Newport for the funeral of a relative, officials stated.

The victim was able to report the incident immediately to her mother, and her mother contacted Newport Police.

Beyond his sentence, Gathmann will also undergo sex offender counseling, and is subject to lifetime sex offender registration and community notification.