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ST. LOUIS (AP) -  A judge has ordered a former eastern Missouri federal prosecutor convicted of molesting five teenage boys to pay two of the five victims a total of $30 million.

Eric Tolen, 49, was found guilty in 2008 of 36 counts of statutory sodomy and one count of witness tampering.

Tolen, who was fired from his job as an assistant U.S. attorney in St. Louis in 1999, was sentenced to 65 years in prison.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that two of the victims filed a lawsuit against Tolen last year.

A circuit judge awarded each of them $14.5 million in compensatory damages and $520,000 in punitive damages on Jan. 28, but attorneys waited until Monday to announce the award because they were pursuing Tolen’s assets.

According to the lawsuit, Tolen molested the boys from October 2006 through April 2007.

One said he was forced to pay Tolen with sexual favor “I.O.U.s” for “cigarettes, food, illegal drugs and gifts,” the lawyers said.

One of the victims’ attorneys, E. Ryan Bradley, told the newspaper Monday that his clients and their relatives are very
satisfied with the verdict.

“Our goal was to make sure that this child molester never profits from this in any way and…(we) hope that this result
will prevent others in the future from engaging in similar conduct,” he said.

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