PALM BAY, Fla. (CBS/WKMG) Timothy Anderson is going away for a long, long time - 999 years to be precise.
Anderson, who Florida authorities suspected of sexually abusing a Palm Bay child for almost a decade, was sentenced Friday in a separate child sex case, officials said.
The 51-year-old was convicted by a jury in St. Lucie County, nearly 50 miles from Palm Bay, for sexual battery on a child younger than 12 years of age over a two-decade period, and was ordered to serve 999 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Dan Vaughn, according to CBS affiliate WKMG.
Anderson was arrested two years ago on Florida's east central coast on multiple counts of sexual battery after Port St. Lucie police contacted detectives in Palm Bay, alerting them to Anderson and other potential victims, according to Florida Today.
According to Palm Bay detectives, a 14-year-old girl told authorities that Anderson sexually assaulted her since she was 6-years-old. Authorities say Anderson would travel with the girl across multiple jurisdictions and would rape her on an almost daily basis, reports WKMG. However, those charges were later dropped by the state attorney's office.
"Regardless of the circumstances, he got a life sentence and that's what matters. He's off the street and he'll never hurt anyone again," said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Palm Bay Police Department.
Police also say that Anderson, a truck driver, may have carried out long-term sexual contact with at least three other victims, officials said.
Anderson was turned over to the state Department of Corrections on Thursday to begin his sentence.
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