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Former Roanoke Co. firefighter to serve 19 years for sex crimes against two minors

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SALEM - UPDATE: (6:22 p.m.) -- Thirty-two year old Eric Mallory showed little emotion while a detailed and devastating statement from one of his victims was read by the Salem Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney.

"she was fighting back tears. She wasn't saying anything. She didn't know what to do," Salem Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Marshall Deaton says.

The former Roanoke County firefighter is convicted of molesting two teenage girls. Deaton says they were 15-years-old and 13-years old at the time.

Deaton said one victim says she no longer sleeps and often has nightmares because of the incident.

"This is a young lady who has her entire life before her and it has been ruined by Mr. Mallory and the acts that he perpetrated upon her," Deaton says.

Eaten says a report shows during a psychological evaluation of Mallory, he said,"Sex is sex. What ever goes."

"That is indicative that Mr. Mallory has no idea of what he has done. He has taken no responsibility for what he has done," Deaton says.

While, the Defense Attorney David Robinson refereed to Mallory's clean criminal history and his achievements.

"Eric is a veteran of the Untied States Navy," attorney David Robinson says. "He served ten years before being honorable discharged."

Mallory made a statement before his sentencing.

"When and if I'm released, starting over will be hard, but i'm ready to except the punishment and pray my father will still be around when I'm released," Mallory says.

Mallory took responsibility for the 15-year-old victim's claims saying the other claims were untrue.

"I understand the mistakes I've made and know I can not begin to change them or begin to imagine how they (family of the victim) feel," Mallory said.

A mistake the judge said wouldn't bring any justice to his victims.

The judge said the 19 years he will serve, will not restore the victim's trust, bring peace, or make a difference in the lives of the victims.

A former Roanoke County firefighter will serve 19 years in prison for committing sex crimes against two minors.

Eric Mallory, 32, was charged on multiple accounts of taking indecent liberties with a child, aggravated sexual battery, possession of child pornography, and both sexual penetration and object sexual penetration.

His sentencing is related to two charges of taking indecent liberties with a child and three counts of crimes against nature.

Based on testimony from the two victims, the commonwealth attorney asked for Mallory to serve 36 years in prison. His sentence is for 70 years, with all but 19 years suspended.

In an attempt to reduce the length of his sentence, the defense brought up his commitment as a volunteer Roanoke firefighter, and that Mallory is a 10-year veteran of the Navy.

We will have more on this story starting at WSLS at 5 p.m.

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