Man convicted of child sex abuse after girl confides in teachers, DA says
JACKSON COUNTY, NC (WHNS/Gray News) – A North Carolina man has been convicted of child sex crimes after the young girl confided in her teachers about the abuse.
Jurors found Johnathon Micah Maney, 40, guilty of lawful rape of a child under 13 by an adult, two counts of statutory sexual offense of a child under 13 and four counts of Indecent freedoms with a child.
District Attorney Ashley Welch said the abuse began in August 2014 when the girl was 9. At 14, the girl confided in her teachers about the abuse.
“She felt comfortable enough to go to her teachers and tell them she was suffering from anxiety and panic attacks from the abuse,” Assistant District Attorney Chris Matheson said. “They were his safe outlet.”
The prosecutor’s office said the girl’s teachers contacted law enforcement after hearing about the abuse.
“This young girl trusted them with the information about three horrific years of abuse,” Welch said. “I can’t overstate the importance of the role that educators play in the lives of our children. Sometimes it saves lives. »
Maney was sentenced to a minimum of 51.3 years to a maximum of 72.41 years in prison.
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