After just two hours of deliberation, Dillon resident Sammy Lee Scarborough was found guilty by a jury Wednesday afternoon of two counts of first degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor and three counts of Unlawful Dissemination of Obscene Material.
Judge Paul Burch sentenced Scarborough to life imprisonment on the two Criminal Sexual Conduct charges and to five years each on the Unlawful Dissemination charges. All sentences represent the maximum a defendant can receive for those charges.
"We're thankful to the citizens of Dillon County who gave these children this verdict, and we're thankful to Judge Burch for recognizing the seriousness of these offenses," said Fourth Circuit Assistant Solicitor Shipp Daniel, who prosecuted the case with Assistant Attorney General Kelly Hall.
"It was a great collaborative effort between the Dillon Police Department, the Dillon Solicitor's Office and the Attorney General's Office," said Hall.
The jury found that Scarborough lured multiple children, ages 4 to 7, to his home with balloons, candy and footballs and then sexually molested them in a variety of ways.
When the Dillon Police Department attempted to serve the arrest warrants on Scarborough in June of 2012, they found that he had gone to Virginia, where he was arrested months later with the help of the US Marshals.
The trial, which lasted three days, involved testimony from multiple witnesses, including the minor child victims.