A suspected child molester
was sentenced on Friday for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
The case gained a lot of
attention in August of 2013 when a search ensued on
Wilmington Island for James Dover.
In court on Friday, Dover's
attorney told the judge the 13-year-old victim had consensual sex with Dover
and wanted to get pregnant.
Dover was arrested on Wilmington Island after a manhunt in August of 2013. Police shut down three schools and a
condominium complex when someone recognized him after seeing a mug shot.
Police caught him and
arrested him later that day.
The prosecution stated in court
on Friday that in late 2012, Dover was released from prison and he began
chatting with a 13-year-old girl on a dating website.
The girl's profile stated
she was 19, according to attorneys. The investigation revealed Dover took the
girl to the Super 8 Hotel in Port Wentworth to have sex with her on several occasions.
According to the
prosecution, several months later the victim's mother kicked or punched her in
the stomach and the girl was sent to the hospital. That is when the details of
the encounters were revealed.
"Home life not ideal,"
said an attorney for the prosecution. "They decided to engage in sexual acts to
get her pregnant. She thought if she got pregnant she would not have to live in
her mother's home."
Dover was sentenced to 20
years in prison with 10 years to serve for several charges, including sexual
battery with a minor.