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October 9, 2013

Man sentenced to life for child molestation

VALDOSTA — A 13-year-old victim of child molestation was cross-examined in court Tuesday by the man who abused her before he was sentenced to life in jail without the possibility of parole.

Carter Arnold, 60, was convicted by a Lowndes County jury for child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, rape and statutory rape after a two day trial, in which he represented himself.

During testimony, it was revealed that Arnold repeatedly and forcibly molested the 13-year-old child of his former girlfriend over a six month period. Arnold would physically assault the child or destroy the child’s toys if the child refused, testimony revealed.

Detective Robert Raymond with the Valdosta Police Department was assigned to investigate the abuse after the child’s mother separated from Arnold and reported it to police.

Arnold admitted to having sex with the child in a recorded conversation with Raymond and Detective Sabrina Smith.

The victim took the stand to testify against Arnold and detailed the abuse.  Assistant District Attorney Meredith Brasher prosecuted the case.

“Cases of this nature are always difficult for the victim. However, the fact that the victim not only testified in court but faced cross examination by her abuser made this case even more difficult,” said Brasher. “The victim’s bravery and composure was truly phenomenal.”

Brasher credits the work of Valdosta Police and the judgment of the jury for the verdict.

Judge Frank Horkan sentenced Arnold immediately after excusing the jury. Arnold had previously served 36 years for a Fulton County murder and will now serve 20 years for child molestation, 25 years for aggravated sexual battery, 20 years for statutory rape and life without parole for rape.

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