A Winston-Salem man alleged to have paid a woman as much as $50 so he could sexually abuse a 12-year-old girl was convicted Friday and sentenced to a maximum of about 109 years in prison.
Ronald Perry Jr., 38, of East Fifth Street was found guilty by a Forsyth County jury 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 incidents are alleged to have happened between December 2011 and September 2013, according to indictments.
Perry and a co-defendant, Patricia Renee Lee, 38, lived in the same building and had a financial arrangement in which Perry would pay Lee between $30 to $50 for being allowed to masturbate in front of the girl and have the girl perform oral sex on him, according to testimony. Lee, who pleaded guilty in August to three counts of felony child abuse, testified that she was often in the room when Perry sexually abused the girl.
Lee said she was desperate to have money to pay her bills and told Perry that he could not have sex with the girl.
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 another consecutive sentence of 23 years to 32 years and eight months on the statutory sex offense charges. He consolidated the five indecent liberties charges and sentenced Perry to one year and seven months to six years and 11 months.
The total maximum is 109 years and 7 months in prison.
Lee will be sentenced at a later time.
The alleged victim testified during the trial. The Winston-Salem Journal typically does not identify the alleged victims of sexual abuse or their families.
Assistant District Attorney Kia Chavious said in court Friday that the girl is in therapy and that she has been traumatized by what happened to her.
“She was a child,” Chavious said.
Chavious said Perry made the girl perform humiliating sex acts and that what he did to her will affect the girl for the rest of her life.
As he heard the verdicts, Perry stood by his attorney, Jerry Jordan, his hands on the table and his head tilted to the right, away from the jury.
After Cromer sentenced him, Perry asked to speak.
“I didn’t touch her,” he said. “I never touched her.”
Cromer ordered Perry to register as a sex offender and be subject to satellite-based monitoring for the rest of his life once he is released from prison.