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Georgia man gets four life sentences plus 110 years for raping and assaulting Macon girl


A Macon man who lured a teenage girl to a motel room with the promise of a Victoria’s Secret modeling contract was convicted this week of raping, molesting and sexually assaulting her.

Derrick Dewayne Sallette, 54, a used car dealer who worked from his home on Old Lundy Road, was close to the girl’s family in June 2016, Bibb County prosecutors said, when he started caring for the child.

Prosecutors said the girl was under 15 when the assaults began and the abuse lasted until May 2018. The case came to light when the girl called police after making audio recordings de Sallette threatening to reveal nude photos of her.

Bibb County Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin, who prosecuted the case, said the assaults often happened at a motel on Riverside Drive, where the girl was sometimes photographed in lingerie as part of a contract. fictitious modeling, a ploy used by Sallette to attract the girl.

Baskin said that as a cover, Sallette made the girl say she was babysitting. The girl later told authorities that the assaults had taken place two or three times a week for more than a year and a half.

Sallette also made videos of the girl performing sex acts.

The case went to trial this week. Sallette did not testify.

Jurors – who were shown the videos as well as photographs Sallette took of the girl – deliberated on Wednesday for less than 30 minutes before sentencing Sallette on charges of rape, pedophilia and sexual exploitation.

Sallette was convicted of the 1994 abduction at gunpoint of a 15-year-old Southwest High School student, whom he took to a southern motel and attempted to rape. He was sent to prison in 1995 and released in 2007.

Before sentencing Sallette to four life terms plus 110 years behind bars, Judge Jeffery O. Monroe told him, “Take a deep breath, Mr. Sallette. This will probably be the last time you breathe fresh air.

In a statement posted on Facebook, District Attorney Anita Reynolds Howard said, “This type of trauma has lasting effects on our young people and robs them of hope for their future. This trial and conviction are a reminder that my office will not tolerate harm to children.

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