ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH)— A former Orlando preschool teacher convicted of child molestation was sentenced to 15 years probation during a sentencing hearing Tuesday.
Jayrico Hamilton plead guilty in March to three counts of lewd conduct on a child.
He was released from jail Tuesday night.
Hamilton will spend the next 15 years on probation and will be required to register as a sex offender.
Before his sentence was handed down, the family of one of the victims, who was age four at the time, expressed their feelings.
“We want you to understand that you have hurt us terribly,” the victim’s father said.
“We have to live every day with this. We have to live every day knowing what he put him through,” the victim’s mother said, tearfully.
Hamilton was originally charged with sexual battery on a child under 12 and if he’d been tried on that charge he could’ve gotten life in prison.
Hamilton was a teacher at Bright Horizons in Baldwin Park. The Baldwin Park center hired Hamilton in 2016 and was later fined and put on probation by the state for not doing enough to vet Hamilton’s background, which would have revealed a prior conviction in Virginia.