(Photo Credit: Office of the Henry County District Attorney)

Man Sentenced To Life For Raping And Impregnating Child

Must register as sex offender for life

Maria Boynton
June 13, 2018 - 12:22 pm

It's a life sentence for a McDonough man who pleaded guilty to raping a child. According to the Henry County District Attorney's Office, the victim’s mother reported the rape after she and the 13-year-old child learned the girl was pregnant. The state also had DNA in the case.

Michael Arnold, 38, plead guilty Tuesday to rape and child molestation. Under the plea agreement, Arnold must serve 25 years in prison, with the remainder of the life sentence on probation. There is no possibility of parole for Arnold, and he must serve every day of the 25 year sentence.

The Henry County man admitted to raping and molesting the young family member in March of 2017.

In a statement, D.A. Darius Pattillo said, “the family is satisfied with the outcome because it sends Mr. Arnold to jail for a significant amount of time and requires him to be supervised by law enforcement for the remainder or his life, while protecting the victim from testifying in court." Pattillo added, “I commend McDonough Police and our team for conducting a thorough investigation and working diligently with public safety officials in another state to get justice in this case.”