Pickron was initially charged in February 2015 for sexually abusing two girls, ages 4 and 5. He was charged at the time with three counts of first-degree aggravated statutory sodomy, and sexual misconduct involving a child under 15.
After those charges were filed, according to Selby, more victims came forward accusing Pickron of sexual abuse dating back as far as 1995, so additional charges were filed. All the victims were young girls who had visited Pickron’s home in Reeds Spring, according to Selby. The trial showed that Pickron had sexual contact with at least eight young girls over more than 20 years.
Selby said that during the two-hour sentencing hearing Jan. 2, he argued that Pickron had prior convictions and that he had previously been through sex offender counseling. He also said it was the wish of the defendants that Pickron never be released from prison.
Pickron, according to Selby, continued to deny he had done anything wrong.
According to Selby, one of the victims spoke directly to the defendant, saying “I hope that maybe one day you will feel the pain in your soul that you created in ours. I hope one day you are going to realize how bad of a person you are. I hope one day that you will actually feel bad about the things you have done. As of today, I am free of you.”
Ultimately, the judge gave Pickron four life sentences, a seven-year sentence, and a four-year sentence. It was the maximum the judge could have assigned, according to Selby. The sentences are to run consecutively.
“Gary Pickron should never set foot outside a prison again and with this sentence he will spend the rest of his life there,” Selby said. “He has injured child after child over more than two decades and some of them are still trying to cope with the consequences of his behavior. I appreciate Judge Goodman listening to the evidence and doing what needed to be done to protect the public, punish the defendant, and see that justice was done in this case.”