MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - It took a Berkeley County jury just forty minutes Wednesday to find a Summerville man who was already a registered sex offender guilty of all eight charges he faced for abusing three minor victims.
Ronald Lee McCauley was found guilty of three counts of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of lewd act upon a child and three counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.
Circuit Court Judge Kristi L. Harrington sentenced McCauley to three terms of life without the possibility of parole for the three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and the maximum sentence for each of the remaining charges.
McCauley had previously been convicted of similar charges and was sentenced to prison. Upon release in 2006, he was placed on the sex offender registry.
McCauley physically and sexually assaulted the three young victims repeatedly in 2007 and 2008. The assaults occurred in his Summerville home and the home of the childrens' mother.
Testimony revealed that McCauley befriended the victims' mother who knew he was a registered sex offender. Despite knowing of his previous convictions, she then allowed him to become a frequent babysitter for her three young children.
The mother was arrested for three counts of unlawful conduct toward a child. Those charges are pending.
Even after one of the children disclosed the abuse, the mother still allowed McCauley back in the home.
Besides the life sentences, McCauley was sentenced to fifteen years for each of the two counts of lewd act upon a child, and ten years each for the three counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.
He was previously convicted of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct, and dissemination of obscenity.