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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.

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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.