At Hartsfield’s trial in January, the child testified that the sexual abuse she endured caused her a lifetime of post-traumatic stress. She also told the jury she is afraid of marriage, friendship, trusting others and even having children, calling Hartsfield’s definition of love “perverted and wrong.”
“This terrifying incident left a victimized woman fearing for her life,” DA Shannon Wallace said in a statement. “With the intervention of law enforcement, she received the help she needed to end a cycle of domestic violence. We are thankful that the same law enforcement involvement also brought an end to the terror for this child.”
Hartsfield was convicted on all charges following two hours of deliberation, prosecutors said.
He was sentenced to 40 years, with the first 20 to be served in prison. Following his release, he must register as a sex offender and spend the rest of his sentence on probation, authorities said. He is also prohibited from contacting his victims or interacting with anyone younger than 18.
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