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Former Strom Thurmond principal gets jail, probation in child sex abuse case

January 21, 2017 GMT

A former principal of Strom Thurmond High School in Edgefield County was sentenced Thursday in a North Carolina courtroom in connection to several incidents involving children.

Christopher Clancy, 71, of Calhoun Street in Johnston, pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to the Harnett County Clerk of Courts Office.

He was also originally charged with felony sexual offense with a child by an adult. That charge was dismissed, the Clerk of Courts Office said.

A judge sentenced Clancy to 16 to 29 months in prison, which was suspended to 60 days in jail followed by 60 months of supervised probation, according to court records.


He will also have to register each month as a level-one sex offender for the rest of his life, records state.

Clancy was arrested in March 2016 and charged with two separate incidents involving a minor, according to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.

A person close to the victim’s family who is familiar with the case said Clancy has health issues.