A 44-year-old man will spend at least 36 years in prison after being convicted this week of sexually assaulting a female student on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University.
, who worked as a temporary laborer on the campus, was convicted on two counts of second-degree rape, six counts of second-degree sex offense, assault on a female and communicating threats. Superior court Judge Hugh Lewis then handed down four consecutive sentences of 110-192 months in prison each, totaling a minimum of 36 years.
Upon his release, Sullivan must register as a sex offender and participate in satellite-based monitoring for the rest of his life.
Prosecutors presented evidence that, over the course of a couple of months, Sullivan cultivated a relationship with the student, buying her an occasional meal and giving other financial help. Then in October 2013, with homecoming activities going on elsewhere on campus, Sullivan invited the victim to an empty construction trailer, where he assaulted her for the next four hours.
The jury also heard from three other women who testified that Sullivan had sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back to 1998, 2000 and 2011.
Sullivan was also charged in a second sexual assault that occurred in the same location on the JCSU campus. The D.A.’s office said that charge was dismissed after his conviction “to spare another victim from reliving her attack at trial.”
In a statement to local media, Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray said his office was “grateful for the four victims who took the stand to describe the ordeals they suffered at the hands of a violent offender. Their testimony was critical, and our community is safer thanks to their bravery.”