A 70-year-old Dalton man charged with child sex crimes took his case to a jury and was found guilty in Whitfield County Superior Court. James Melvin Tudor was sentenced to 25-years-to-life and will spend the next 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole, court officials said.

Tudor was found guilty of two counts of aggravated sexual battery, four counts of child molestation and one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes. He was arrested in April.

Judge William Boyett passed down the sentence after a unanimous guilty verdict. A clerk of court spokeswoman said if Tudor gets out of prison he will be on probation for the rest of his life. The child molestation counts carry six years each, and the enticement charge is a 10-year sentence. Those will be served concurrently.

McManus said Tudor was charged with molesting three separate girls around 6 years old.


Dalton Daily Citizen