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GAFFNEY MAN RECEIVES 60-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR SEX ASSAULTS

A Gaffney man received a 60-year prison sentence today after a Cherokee County jury decided that he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old young girl on three different occasions.

Earl Spencer, 60, was found guilty of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor at the conclusion of a three-day jury trial before Circuit Judge John Hayes.

The victim’s father reported the incident to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on July 22, 2003. The assaults occurred in three different locations in the month leading up to the police report. Spencer lived on the same street as the child’s family. The first of the three assaults occurred at Spencer’s home. The child’s mother thought her daughter visited Spencer to help him clean the residence. The other assaults occurred in the woods near Lake Cherokee.

Assistant Solicitor Abel Gray based his case off the victim’s testimony and a forensic examination from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg.

“Our victim was brave,” Gray said. “Throughout the course of the investigation and the trial, she was able to consistently say who assaulted her and where the attacks took place.”

Spencer’s criminal record includes a 1978 conviction for statutory rape. The victim in the earlier case was 13 years old. He is not eligible for parole on the new conviction.

“Mr. Spencer is a sexual predator,” Gray said. “The older he gets, the younger his victims are. The comforting aspect of this verdict is the fact that he will not get a chance to attack another innocent child.”