GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Monty Lee Carlyle may spend the rest of his life in prison. Prosecutors believe it's a fitting sentence considering his victim will spend the rest of her life living with the scars of sexual abuse.
The 50-year-old pleaded guilty to 15 counts of sexual battery of a child who was just eight when the abuse began in George County. Carlyle was a friend of the victim's family.
"Not only did this defendant take out his sexual perversion on a child but he also took a part of her childhood," District Attorney Tony Lawrence said. "An eight year old child should not have to suffer the nightmares this little girl had to suffer."
"I am proud that this little girl had the courage to come forward and tell about her abuse and thankful that her cry for help did not fall on deaf ears," Assistant District Attorney Angel Myers said.
Carlyle was sentenced Monday to 45 years in prison; 25 must be served day for day. He must also pay a $750 fine for each count, a $250 assessment to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund, and $1,000 to the Mississippi Children's Trust Fund. Carlyle must register as a sex offender and is not allowed any contact with the victim.
"I have said this numerous times over the last ten years as District Attorney that those who seek to commit crimes against our children will be held accountable for their actions and to leave our children alone," Lawrence said.