Man gets 40 years for molesting boy

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A Texarkana man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to seven felony sex crimes in Miller County involving the repeated molestation of a boy who came forward in adulthood.

Freddie Russell Turner molested a boy he is related to by a past marriage beginning when the boy was 6 or 7 years old in approximately 2003, according to a probable cause affidavit. The victim reported the case to Texarkana, Ark., police last year.

The victim faced Turner in court Monday, telling him that his misconduct has deeply hurt him and that he came forward to protect other would-be victims. Court records indicate Turner has other victims who were unwilling to discuss their abuse with law enforcement.

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According to the affidavit, Turner would abuse the boy when other adults were not present at a residence in Texarkana, Ark.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Connie Mitchell said Turner’s plea agreement includes seven prison terms which will run concurrently. Turner, who appeared with Texarkana lawyer Jeff Harrelson, pleaded guilty to seven felonies including two counts of rape, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and three counts of sexual indecency with a child. Turner must serve a minimum of 70 percent of his time before he can be considered for parole.

Turner, who had been free on bond, was taken into custody at the end of Monday’s hearing. He must register as a sex offender upon release from prison.

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