BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – A 94-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday as he was about to go on trial for allegedly molesting at least five girls.

Theodore Sypnier reached a plea deal with county prosecutors in which he will receive an eight-year prison term in exchange for his plea to one count of attempted sodomy.

Sypnier of the Town of Tonawanda accepted the deal at the start of jury selection in state Supreme Court, where he was to be tried on charges of rape, sodomy sexual abuse, use of a child in a sexual performance and child endangerment.

Sypnier was accused of molesting the girls, ages 4 through 10, during sleepovers at his home in 1998 and 1999.

Sentencing was set for Feb. 26.

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