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home : news : lakelands & beyond September 24, 2017



8/31/2017 11:45:00 AM
Abbeville man receives maximum prison sentence for 2016 fondling of a child

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo announced Thursday that an Abbeville man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 10 in 2016.

George Anthony Clark, 44, of Abbeville, was found guilty of third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor Wednesday afternoon by an Abbeville County jury.

Circuit Judge Donald Hocker then handed down a 15-year prison sentence, the maximum allowed by state law on the charge of third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Judge Hocker also ordered Clark be monitored by GPS and listed on the sex offender registry for life.

In April 2016, Clark molested a girl under the age of 10 while at his girlfriend’s house in Abbeville. The victim immediately reported the incident to her parents, who then notified law enforcement. Clark was arrested in May 2016 following a forensic interview with the victim and has remained incarcerated through his trial this week.

Deputy Solicitor Yates Brown and Assistant Solicitor Micah Black handled the case for the state, with assistance from 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Inv. Chris Wilkie. Clark was represented by Kami Granade of the Abbeville County Public Defender’s Office.

Solicitor Stumbo praised the work of his team along with Sgt. Sherri Ashley of the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office for their work in preparing the case for trial and securing the conviction.

“There is simply no room in our society for predators like George Anthony Clark and we will continue to stand up and fight for those who have fallen prey to them,” Solicitor Stumbo said following the sentencing. “It is my hope and prayer that victim and her family can gain some closure with this result and move forward stronger.”



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