Thursday, January 31, 2008

Carl Skidmore - Repeat Sex Offender

Jurors on Tuesday convicted a Santa Rosa man, already a convicted child molester, of multiple counts of raping and molesting two girls.

Carl Skidmore, 56, faces multiple life prison terms when he is sentenced on March 19, Assistant Deputy District Attorney Joan Risse said.

Skidmore, who was convicted of child molestation in 1985 and is a registered sex offender, was arrested in March 2005 after the girls' brother reported the sexual abuse. The girls were 11 and 14 at the time.

In testimony during the past two weeks, jurors heard evidence about a towel investigators recovered that had DNA from Skidmore and one of the girls on it. Both of the girls testified against Skidmore.

At the March hearing, Skidmore also will be sentenced in a related conspiracy case. In that case, Skidmore, his aunt, sister and mother were convicted of trying to intimidate witnesses in the rape case.

Authorities said Skidmore hatched a plan in jail to hire a hitman to kill the victims' mother or beat up the brother to prevent the girls from testifying.

A former cellmate who was offered $270 to contact the witnesses instead went to police.

Skidmore's relatives pleaded guilty and were sentenced to probation and jail time.

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