LANCASTER – A 31-year-old man found guilty of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on her way to school in Lancaster was sentenced in an Antelope Valley courtroom Friday.
Charles Delshawn James was sentenced to serve 82 years to life in state prison and ordered to register for life as a sex offender.
“Before this incident, my daughter was innocent… she’s scared now,” the victim’s mother told the court.
James attacked the 14-year-old victim on the morning of Dec. 13, 2012, as the girl was on her way to Eastside High School in Lancaster. James grabbed the victim by her pony tail and dragged her into some bushes where he sodomized her, according to court testimony. During the attack he threatened to kill the girl and her family if she said anything.
Forensic evidence led police to James, who was arrested in South Carolina days after the attack. (Read more here.)
A local jury last month deliberated for less than two hours before finding James guilty of kidnapping for sodomy, attempted sexual penetration by a foreign object, forcible sodomy of a minor, lewd act on a child age 14 and dissuading a witness by force or threat.
The jury also found true the special allegations of kidnapping a minor and aggravated kidnapping.
At the sentencing hearing Friday, the victim’s mother said she was happy with the conviction and asked for “prayers” as far as James was concerned.
“I just don’t want him to be able to do it to anybody else, ever,” she said.
A restitution hearing on the case is set for July 25.
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