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Covington Man Gets Life Sentence for Sexual Assault of Two Children

A Covington man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing two children.

Donald Tomlin, 78, admitted to police when he was arrested in the fall of 2015 that he was sexually attracted to children, and to sexually assaulting two victims multiple times.

He ultimately faced eleven counts of sexual assault on the two children.

One of the victims notified a therapist about the assault, and the therapist notified police. Covington Police Detective Nick Klaiss interviewed a victim at the Northern Kentucky Children's Advocacy Center. During that forensic interview, the first child identified a second child that had been assaulted by Tomlin.

Both victims were approximately 7 years old when the assaults started and 12 when they ended.

"I never did think of it as an age range. I always thought of it as the personality of the child," Tomlin told Klaiss in an interview. 

The trial was held in late July and both victims testified.

Tomlin also took the stand and admitted to committing some of the sexual assaults but argued that he did not commit all the assaults described.

After six hours of deliberation, the jury found Tomlin guilty on all counts. The jury recommended life in prison.

Last week, Judge Gregory Bartlett sentenced Tomlin to life following emotional testimony from the victims.

Information from the Kenton Co. Commonwealth's Attorney newsletter

Image via Kenton Co. Detention Center