A Tennessee man was convicted of child rape and several other sex crimes Thursday after what prosecutors called one of the most “disturbing and appalling cases they had seen.”
The jury took less than an hour to convict Jeremy Ledbetter, 29, following the testimony of a young victim who accused the man of sexually abusing him between the ages of 10 and 12. The boy also accused Ledbetter of sexually abusing animals, WKRN reported Thursday.
“All victims of child sexual abuse who testify in front of their abusers are brave to do so,” Assistant District Attorney Chad Butler told reporters. “The young victim in this case was particularly courageous for standing up and testifying about the type of humiliating abuse he suffered at the hands of Jeremy Ledbetter.”
Ledbetter is convicted on two counts of rape of a child, two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a victim under 13 years old, two counts of induce sexual activity by a minor and display of sexual acts to a minor under 13 years old. He will face up to 134 years in prison at his August 18 sentencing hearing.
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