Florence man sentenced to thousands of years in prison for child sex assault, porn

CANON CITY, Colo. (KKTV) - A registered sex offender with a massive collection of child porn will spend the rest of his life and then some behind bars.

Garland Root Sr., 65, of Florence, was sentenced this week to 3,180 years in prison for sexually assaulting multiple children, among other charges. One of his victims was a 13-year-old girl who he also filmed on one of several webcams in his home, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Canon City Daily Record.

A thumb drive and hard drive seized from Root reportedly contained more than 250 videos and more than 5,500 photos of children, many pre-pubescent. The assistant district attorney said 80 of the recordings were of Root with his victims.

Root was arrested in March. He was already at the time of his arrest a registered sex offender who had been incarcerated three times.

According to the Daily Record, Root pleaded guilty to 53 counts in July. Among the charges, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, sexual assault on a child to form a pattern of abuse, sexual exploitation of a child, invasion of privacy for sexual gratification and promotion of obscenity to a minor.

The grandfather of one of the victims told the Daily Record he was grateful to law enforcement and the district attorney's office for putting Root back behind bars.