Thomas Lee McClure has been convicted of child molestation, incest, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation.
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

DA: Gwinnett molester begged victims not to let him ‘die in prison’

After molesting a pair of sisters for at least five years, Thomas Lee McClure begged them not to let him die in prison, the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office said.

Convicted of three counts of child molestation, two counts of incest, two counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of aggravated sexual battery, it is likely that McClure will die in prison. He was sentenced to life plus 15 years by Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Warren Davis on Aug. 17.

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McClure, 48, is a relative of the victims and lived with them and their mother in a Duluth home. In October 2016, the younger sister told her older sister that McClure had been molesting her since she was 10, according to the DA’s office. The older sister said McClure had also been molesting her, starting at age 13. The girls told their mother, who kicked McClure out of the house but waited months to file a police report. 

After the girls reported their abuse, McClure texted, emailed and called them, apologizing, admitting to the abuse and “lamenting that he was going to die in prison,” the DA’s office said. At trial, McClure testified in his own defense and denied having done anything wrong. 

A jury found McClure guilty on all eight counts after a five-day trial. 

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