The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied an appeal for a man who was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2013 on one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile.
David Bird Tarver, 78, entered an Alford Plea before Judge Clayton Davis. The plea doesn't require a defendant to admit an act, but acknowledges the prosecution could likely prove the charge.
Tarver's sentence is being served without probation, parole or suspension.
The state Supreme Court also rejected Tarver's appeal in 2017. In this denial, the court said Tarver has exhausted his appeals.
Prosecutors said Tarver, who was originally charged with three counts of sexual battery, one count of molestation and one count of indecent behavior, began molesting the girl when she was 11.
Shunette Thomas-Jordan was the main prosecutor on the case.
Thomas-Jordan said Tarver began giving the victim massages and progressed to fondling and then oral sex.
The prosecutor said Tarver also watched pornography in the girl's presence.
In his appeals to the Supreme Court, Tarver claimed he received ineffective counsel because of what he said was the attorney's failure to give notice of intent to appeal.
Tarver's "unsubstantiated claim that counsel failed to render effective assistance prior to and during the plea process does not set forth a valid basis for deficient performance," the court has ruled.