ST. LOUIS • A man from St. Louis was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for molesting two sisters over a more than six-year period.
Thomas M. Curran, 47, of the 6400 block of Lansdowne Avenue in the city’s St. Louis Hills neighborhood, pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of statutory sodomy and two counts of child molestation. Prosecutors dropped five other counts in exchange for his guilty plea.
St. Louis Circuit Judge James Sullivan sentenced Curran to five years on each count, ordering them to run concurrently.
His sentence includes lifetime registration as a sex offender.
Curran admitted to sexually abusing two sisters, now 15 and 18, between November 2008 and July 2015 at Curran’s home in St. Louis.
Court records described Curran as a family friend of the girls. He was charged with the crimes in 2015. Curran has a son, 13, who was a friend of the girls.
The girls spoke in court Friday, telling Curran they had not let his abuse hold them back, noting some of their extracurricular activities and achievements in school. The older sister said she had suffered anxiety and depression as a result but would graduate from high school this year and planned to attend the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Curran apologized to the girls and their family in court Friday.
“I know what I did was sick, and I was wrong,” he said. “I can’t ever give them back the things that I took from them.”
Sullivan, in delivering the sentence, told Curran he was only following sentencing terms of the plea deal because Curran spared the family the “trauma” of a trial. Sullivan said he would have stacked the five-year sentences if Curran had been found guilty by a jury.
“You as a parent yourself, sir, I don’t understand the disease that you have in your brain,” Sullivan said. “You’ve robbed them of something very precious — their childhood. ... Saying sorry is not enough.”