WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man alleged to have paid a woman so he could sexually abuse a 12-year-old was convicted today and sentenced to a maximum of more than 100 years in prison, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
A Forsyth County jury found Ronald Perry Jr., 38, of East Fifth Street, guilty of two counts of first-degree sex offense, one count of statutory sex offense and five counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. The jury took an hour before reaching a verdict.
According to testimony, Perry and his co-defendant, Patricia Renee Lee, 38, lived in the same building. Lee and Perry had a financial arrangement in which Lee allowed Perry to perform sexual acts on the girl, Lee testified during the trial.
Perry also masturbated in front of the girl, Lee said in court.
The incidents went on for over a year, Assistant District Attorney Kia Chavious said in court.
Judge Andy Cromer of Forsyth Superior Court gave Perry two consecutive sentences of 25 years to 35 years on the first-degree sex offense charges. He then gave Perry a third consecutive sentence of 23 years to 32 years and eight months on the statutory sex offense charges. That adds up to 73 years to 102 years and eight months on those three charges.
Cromer consolidated the five counts of indecent liberties and sentenced Perry to a minimum of one year and seven months in prison.
In August, Lee pleaded guilty to three counts of felony child abuse. Judge David Hall of Forsyth Superior Court postponed her sentencing. Lee testified against Perry this week during the trial. She will be sentenced at a later date.
After Perry was sentenced, he denied that he ever touched the alleged victim.