Two Life Sentences plus 78 years for Paragould child rapist
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2013
Executive Assistant for Scott Ellington,
Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney
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PARAGOULD MAN SENTENCED TO TWO LIFE SENTENCES PLUS 78 YEARS FOR RAPE OF GRANDDAUGHTER
PARAGOULD, ARK.- Scott Ellington, Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, announced today that a Greene County jury convicted Terry Allen Dowdy, 50, of Paragould of raping and sexually assaulting his minor granddaughter multiple times over a three year period. Circuit Judge Randy Philhours followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Dowdy to two life sentences plus 78 years for his crimes.
“Today’s verdict takes a monster out of our community and places him behind bars where he belongs,” Ellington said. “If a person chooses to violate the innocence of a child, just like Mr. Dowdy, they will pay the consequences.”
Ellington charged Dowdy with two counts of rape, a class Y felony; three counts of second degree sexual assault, a class B felony; and three counts of sexual indecency with a child, a class D felony. Prosecutors alleged that Dowdy began abusing his granddaughter when she was 10 years old and continued until she was age 13, when she reported it. He was accused of digitally penetrating the girl and masturbating in front of her on multiple occasions for three years. Several prior victims, including other family members and close friends of siblings, testified that Dowdy had abused them, as well.
Ellington commended Deputy Prosecutors Kimberly Dale and Adam Butler for their excellent trial work prosecuting the case, and he expressed gratitude to law enforcement for their work investigating the case.
“I want to thank Special Agent Allen Earnhart of the Arkansas State Police, the ASP Crimes Against Children Division, and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office for their efforts in this case,” Ellington said. “This verdict is the fruit of their labors.”
Dowdy was represented by Jonesboro attorney Will Kueter.