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NC woman pursues prosecution of sexual abuser decades later

May 11, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A woman who chose years ago not to pursue prosecution of the North Carolina man who sexually abused her says she supports the plea agreement that gave the abuser a one-year prison term.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that 63-year-old Arnold Ray Lasseter pleaded guilty on May 6 to six counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. He received the one-year active sentence and a six-year suspended sentence. He must register as a sex offender for 30 years.

Assistant District Attorney Pansy Glanton says the woman told Forsyth County authorities in September 2016 that Lasseter sexually assaulted her in the 1980s.

Her father reported the abuse at the time, but the victim decided not to pursue prosecution. She changed her mind after years of counseling.

Lasseter apologized to the victim in court.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com