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Mabe convicted
Mabe convicted of molesting 7-year-old girl
James William Mabe was convicted on lesser charges of attempted child rape.
A child molester could face the rest of his life in prison after he was convicted this week for inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl.The man, James William Mabe, was convicted on lesser charges of attempted child rape and on original charges of aggravated sexual battery. The convictions include three counts of both crimes, meaning he could face several decades behind bars when he appears before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley for sentencing. Had he been convicted on the original counts of child rape, he would have faced 25 to 40 years on each count, which would have made it a true life sentence.Jurors returned with the guilty verdicts against Mabe on Tuesday evening after a two-day trial in which they heard testimony from the young victim who used a drawing to point to where Mabe had touched her.