Man, 68, convicted in child sex crime

Published On: Jan 31 2014 11:05:02 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 31 2014 11:06:23 AM EST

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Carl Downer


A 68-year-old Jacksonville man was convicted this week on one count of lewd or lascivious molestation on a child younger than 12, one count of sexual battery, and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation on a child older than 12 but younger than 16.

In June 2012, the young female victim disclosed that Carl Downer had inappropriately touched her on more than one occasion.

The investigation revealed that Downer had a history of touching and committing sexual acts on the now-15-year-old victim while under his supervision. The abuse started when the victim was 9 years old.

Downer faces life in prison. He will be sentenced the week of March 3.


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