A 47-year-old man who molested a female child for the majority of her life received a 60-year sentence Monday, according to Douglas County District Attorney David McDade in a press release.
Arthur Gerald Crosby of Douglasville will serve the first 25 years of his sentence in prison after entering a guilty plea to three counts of Child Molestation. Crosby will serve the remainder of his 35-year term on probation. Chief Superior Court Judge Robert J. James’ ruling also requires Crosby to have no contact with the victim or her family, register as a sex offender and be banned from Douglas County.
According to the victim, Crosby began the sexual abuse when she was six-years-old. That abuse gradually progressed over the next decade. By the time she reached age 13, the victim was often molested two-three times a week. Assistant District Attorney Tom Kegley told the court that Crosby’s molestation of the victim came to an end last December when his history of sexual abuse was revealed through an investigation.
The investigation included phone calls and text messages between the defendant and the victim, which were set-up through the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. One of the most revealing messages was when the victim said, “Promise me, you aren’t going to touch me anymore sexually.” The defendant responded by saying, “If you want me to baby, I promise.” The defendant also responded to another message by saying, “I give you my word, I won’t touch you anymore.”