Man receives life sentence after admitting he raped, impregnated 12-year-old girl


A Georgia man will serve a life sentence after he admitted to raping and impregnating a 12-year-old girl, according to authorities in Henry County.

>> Read more trending news 

Michael Arnold, 38, pleaded guilty Tuesday to rape and child molestation. Under the plea agreement, Arnold will serve 25 years of his sentence in prison and the rest of his life on probation.

Prosecutors said the McDonough man admitted in court that he sexually assaulted a female family member in March 2017.

The child’s mother contacted authorities after her daughter, who is now 13 years old, gave birth to a stillborn fetus, said Megan Matteucci, a spokeswoman with the Henry County District Attorney’s Office.

They didn’t know the the girl was pregnant until then. DNA from the fetus pointed to Arnold as the father, Matteucci said.

Arnold must serve every day of his prison sentence without the possibility of parole, according to an order from Judge John A. “Trea” Pipkin III. Once released, he must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim.

“The family is satisfied with the outcome because it sends Mr. Arnold to jail for a significant amount of time and requires him to be supervised by law enforcement for the remainder or his life, while protecting the victim from testifying in court,” District Attorney Darius Pattillo said in a statement. “I commend McDonough Police and our team for conducting a thorough investigation and working diligently with public safety officials in another state to get justice in this case.”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Hundreds of children reunited with parents; Trump tweets after Republicans delay immigration vote 
Hundreds of children reunited with parents; Trump tweets after Republicans delay immigration vote 

Republican leaders have delayed a vote on a compromise immigration reform bill until next week, hoping to rally more support for the measure even as President Donald Trump casts doubt on its chances of success. Update 12:05 p.m. EDT June 22: Experts with the United Nations’ Human Rights Office said Friday that the executive order signed...
Man's legs amputated after parasailing accident in Myrtle Beach
Man's legs amputated after parasailing accident in Myrtle Beach

Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard said a man had to have both of his legs amputated after an accident in Myrtle Beach this week. Authorities with Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue were called to the area near 3rd Avenue South Tuesday for a water rescue, officials told WPDE. Officials said the accident happened while the man was moving from a parasailing...
2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest: Contestants, how to vote and past winners
2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest: Contestants, how to vote and past winners

The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition is getting underway at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, and this year, fans around the world can vote for their favorite to win the People’s Choice Award. The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition takes place Saturday, June 23, after each contestant struts their stuff down the...
Melania Trump wears 'I don't really care' jacket ahead of visit with detained child migrants
Melania Trump wears 'I don't really care' jacket ahead of visit with detained child migrants

First lady Melania Trump wore an olive green jacket with the words “I don’t really care, do u?” printed on it Thursday as she boarded a plane to Texas ahead of a tour of a migrant child detention center. A spokeswoman for the first lady said “there was no hidden message” in Trump’s choice. “It’s a jacket...
Florida deputy returns fire after man with assault-style rifle starts shooting during home invasion
Florida deputy returns fire after man with assault-style rifle starts shooting during home invasion

An alleged kidnapping and home invasion ended when a man armed with an assault-style rifle shot at a deputy in Leesburg, said the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy, who was not struck, returned fire at the suspect, striking him and causing non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said. The suspects allegedly kidnapped a man from his home...
More Stories