A Montgomery man found guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old on several occasions was handed a life sentence Friday, a decision, prosecutors said, that was highly influenced by the amount of self-imposed cuts the victim had as a result of the emotional trauma from the assault.
Jeffrey Michael McDonough, 46, met the young girl when he and the girl's mother started dating in summer 2014, according to a release from the District Attorney's Office. He moved in with the mother and daughter the following spring.
McDonough began sexually assaulting the young girl on many different occasions, the release states. One of the girl's teachers testified during trial that she noticed a big change in the girl, reportedly going from a happy, giving and friendly in the fall 2014 semester to an angry, reserved and unfriendly person the following semester, prosecutors said.