A Lakeland man who sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl in 2018 was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Wednesday.
Jessie Thomas, 29, was also designated as a sexual predator.
Assistant State Attorney Randall Daugustinis prosecuted the case.
The sexual assault occurred in July 2018. Thomas was confronted about molesting the child during a recorded phone call several weeks after the victim came forward about the assault.
He admitted he touched the girl, saying it was a mistake.
“I was stupid,” Thomas said during the call. “I’m stupid, OK?”
State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Daugustinis and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for investigating the case.