A 24-year-old Forsyth County man claimed a traumatic brain injury caused him to expose himself to a child.
Cody Michael Green pleaded guilty Wednesday in Forsyth County Superior Court to one count of child molestation.
Green has been in custody since Aug. 8, 2007, for exposing himself two days earlier to an 8-year-old girl while at a pool in south Forsyth.
A jail spokeswoman said he was being held due to charges in Harris County.
Forsyth County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley sentenced Green to serve nine additional months in jail and 16 years on probation.
Green sobbed as he explained to Bagley what had happened and noted that he has since become a Christian.
"I am newly crowned (Jesus Christ's) servant," Green said.
Green's attorney, B.J. Bernstein, said Green suffered a traumatic brain injury in a wreck when he was 16 and "has never been the same since."
She said while he appeared to function normally, and had been ruled mentally competent to stand trial, the injury affected his mental filters.
She said the injury was similar to those military personnel have suffered from improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.
"This could happen to any of us, unfortunately, or our sons and daughters who go to war," Bernstein said.
Forsyth County Chief Assistant District Attorney Sandy Partridge said she didn't buy the "I have a brain injury that's why I'm attracted to children defense."
Partridge said Green's condition isn't listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is widely used by the psychiatric community for diagnosis.
Partridge noted that Green put his fingers to his mouth to shush the little girl when he exposed himself.
When the incident occurred, he was out on bond for similar charges in Harris County, she said.
In that case, Green was one of several men caught in a 2006 sting by the popular NBC "Dateline" television series special, "To Catch A Predator." Green showed up at what he thought was the house of a girl he had met online.
Bernstein said when her client arrived at the house, he introduced himself to the television anchor that was there as if he was the girl's father and they were going on a date.
He reportedly pleaded guilty in March to charges of attempted child molestation, attempted sodomy and attempted statutory rape.
He was sentenced to three years in prison and 12 on probation.
Upon his release, Green will have to wear an ankle monitor and is required to live with his parents. He will also have to register as a sex offender.