THE NEWS DESKDecember 7th, 2012, 3:06 pm
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Father convicted of molesting teen daughter in King George
A King George man who repeatedly molested his teenage daughter over a six-month period was ordered Thursday to serve eight and a half years in prison.
The 36-year-old man, who is not being named to protect the identity of the victim, was sentenced in King George Circuit Court to a total of 23 years with all but eight and a half suspended. He pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of indecent liberties and one count of computer solicitation.
According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Keri Gusmann and court records, the abuse occurred between late December of last year through May when the victim was 14. The incidents, which were graphically described in court, occurred when the child’s mother was away.
Following the last incident, an aunt came over to comfort the crying girl. The aunt called the Sheriff’s Office, Gusmann said, and an investigation began.
Gusmann said the father never denied improperly touching the girl, but he denied forcing himself on her. The girl eventually moved in with other relatives after her mother started letting the father back into the home once he was released on bond.
The mother Thursday said she has forgiven her husband and said he is no longer a threat to anyone. She asked Judge Gordon Willis not to put him in prison, saying it would hurt her and their other children.
Willis scolded the father for sexually assaulting his daughter instead of protecting her as he should have.