A 43-year-old Atlanta man has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the on-going sexual abuse of his former girlfriend’s mentally disabled teenage daughter.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announced Friday the conviction by jury trial of David Sturgis, who was was convicted of aggravated child molestation and child molestation. He was sentenced to life plus ten years in prison.
June 4, 2013, police responded to a 911 call by the victim’s mother,
who at the time was also the defendant’s girlfriend. The woman told
police her daughter, who is mentally delayed with a severe learning
disability, disclosed to her older sister that the defendant had been
performing various sexual acts on her for the past three years.
The abuse first occurred in late 2010 when the victim was 13 and the defendant was 40 and continued through May 2013. The defendant had instructed the victim not to tell anyone.
the trial, powerful testimony was also provided by another of Sturgis’
child molestation victims. This victim came forward and reported her
abuse to police 23 years later after discovering that the defendant was
in jail for molesting another child. She described in vivid detail how
she was molested by the defendant the summer of 1990 at the age of eight
when the defendant was employed by her mother as a camp counselor.
Unbeknownst to her, the defendant was never charged even though she made
an immediate outcry to her mother and the defendant seemed to have been
arrested by a police officer.
Although the statute of limitations had been reached with respect to her case, the victim’s goal in testifying was to ensure that Sturgis, who at the time of the incident was known to her only as “Fat Daddy”, did not have the opportunity to hurt another child.