COVINGTON, Ky. — A Kenton County judge sentenced a Bromley man to life in prison for sexually abusing a child.
Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders announced on Tuesday that Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe took the jury's recommendation in imposing the life sentence — the maximum possible — for 41-year-old Jeremy C. Breeden.
In April, a jury found Breeden guilty of sodomy and two counts of sexual abuse, all against a child under the age of 12, for abusing a child who had been spending the night at his home.
During the trial, the victim testified about the abuse, describing it in detail.
Sanders said that texts Breeden sent to the child's mother were also key evidence in the case. After the child told the mother what had happened, the mother confronted Breeden via text and he made incriminating references about apologizing.
"The defendant smugly thought his words would convince this mother not to turn him in, but he thought very wrong because she was a ferocious advocate for her baby as every good mother should be," Sanders previously said.
Breeden will be eligible for parole after 20 years. If he is ever released from prison, he will have to register as a sex offender and remain on parole for life.