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NAS Jax employee convicted in child sex case

11:37 PM, Aug 30, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It took a Clay County jury 45 minutes to convict Jeffrey Lynn McDonald on seven counts of sex crimes involving a child.

McDonald, who worked at NAS Jacksonville, was also found guilty on two counts of tampering with a witness in the case.

Between January 2005 and March 2008, McDonald committed four counts of Sexual Battery and three counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation on a child under 12-years-old.

In 2010, McDonald also secretly videotaped a girl under the age of 16 while she was undressing in a bathroom.

The 51-year-old was arrested in November 2011.

While in jail, McDonald made phone calls, sent letters, and used two released inmates to mislead and encourage witnesses not to testify in depositions or at trial.

McDonald's trial was originally scheduled for May 2012 but was delayed because of his tampering with the witnesses in the case.

"With this conviction, this monster can no longer hurt another child. It took courage for this young victim to stand in front of her abuser and describe to the jury what happened to her. Hopefully, this verdict will give her some closure," said Assistant State Attorney James Colaw.

He will be sentenced on September 12, 2012.

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