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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 68-year-old man was sentenced this week for lewd or lascivious molestation on a child under 12.

According to the State Attorney's Office, in June 2012, a young young female victim disclosed that Carl Gene Downer inappropriately touched her on more than one occasion.

Also during the investigation, officials discovered that Downer had a history of touching and committing sexual acts upon the now 15-year-old victim. The abuse started when the victim was nine-years-old.

Carl Gene Downer received a minimum mandatory 25 years in prison. Downer was also sentenced to 16 years for sexual battery and 16 years for lewd or lascivious molestation on a child over 12, but younger than 16. The sentences run concurrently.

Assistant State Attorneys Cameron French and Adair Rommel prosecuted the case.

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