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Michael Anthony Myers
courtesy of Nathan Key, Legal Assistant for the District Attorney

Newton Man Sentenced to At Least 152 Years in Child Sex Abuse Case

51-year-old Michael Anthony Myers of Newton was sentenced today (June 11) to 152-to-248 years in prison after a Catawba County jury found him guilty yesterday on 19 counts of sexual offenses with two minor female victims. The jury needed less than an hour to convict Myers. The verdict marks the conclusion of a trial that spanned portions of three weeks in Catawba County Superior Court with the Honorable William A. Wood, Superior Court Judge from Guilford County, presiding.

Myers was sentenced in connection with four counts of statutory rape of a victim 15 years old or younger; two counts of statutory sex offense with a victim 15 years old or younger; two counts of incest; six counts of sexual act by a substitute parent; and five counts of indecent liberties with a child. Myers was also given a permanent no contact order and will have to register as a sex offender for a period of 30 years. He will serve his incarceration in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

Jury selection started on May 28 and was followed by evidence presentation from the State and the defense, leading to closing arguments on the morning of June 10. Following the charge by the judge, the jury was given the case for deliberation around 3:30 p.m. the same day and returned its verdict shortly after 4 p.m.

The offenses against the two female victims started when they were both around 10 years of age and covered a period of four-to-six years. Assistant District Attorney Jessica Phillips expressed her gratitude to the victims for their bravery and courage.

Will Garrett led the investigation for the Newton Police Department with assistance from the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County. Assistant D.A. Phillips prosecuted the case with aid from Legal Assistant Dea Crowe.