Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk reported a Lawnside man was convicted Tuesday on charges that he sexually assaulted three young children in his care.
A jury found Tyrone Garrett, M/53, guilty of 1st Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, two counts of 2nd degree Sexual Assault and three counts of 2nd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Garrett was found guilty of sexually assaulting three separate female victims that were between the ages of six and eight at the time of the assaults. The assaults took place on diverse dates in 2010 at the defendant’s home in Lawnside. The victims had a family connection to the defendant
Assistant Prosecutor Mike Angermeier presented evidence during the two week trial that Garrett took advantage of absence of the children’s parents and grandmother, who were all working, to sexually molest the children approximately five to 10 times per victim. The trial included testimony from all three victims and Angermeier played recorded statements the victims gave detectives during the initial investigation into the accusations against Garrett. Garrett took the stand in his own defense toward the end of the trial, but under cross examination from A.P. Angermeier he refused to answer questions, citing his 5th Amendment rights, which he waived by choosing to take the stand on his own behalf. Garrett then fled the court house after Superior Court Judge Samuel Natal called a recess that halted the cross examination. A warrant was issued for Garrett’s arrest, but he returned to the court room of his own volition during jury deliberations.
The jury deliberated for approximately twelve hours before rendering a verdict.
Garrett would be eligible to receive a total sentence of 70 years incarceration if given consecutive sentences on each charge. The 1st degree offense carries the most significant penalty of 20 years, 85 percent of which must be served before parole eligibility.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 19.