A man in Indiana was sentenced to 160 years in prison for repeatedly molesting a girl from the age of 8 and impregnating her at 10, a prosecutor said.
Nicholas Thrash, 35, originally from Georgia, was arrested in May of 2017, according to the Chronicle Tribune in Grant County. He was convicted in August and sentenced on Sept. 20.
Thrash was charged with 10 counts of felony level 1 child molesting and was found guilty on all of them, Grant County chief deputy prosecutor LIsa Glancy told Oxygen.com.
"I was so happy for (the victim) and I was thrilled that the judge put him away," she said.
Thrash and the girl's mother were originally from Georgia, Glancy said, and an investigation was opened there about the molestation when the girl reported the abuse when she was 9 years old. However, they fled the state to avoid the charges and came to Indiana. The molestation continued, Glancy said, and Thrash got the girl pregnant.
The girl's mother took her to Indianapolis to get an abortion, Glancy explained, but she was turned away because she didn't have the girl's birth certificate. In the parking lot, though, there was a church-affiliated van doing ultrasounds. The registered nurse in the van was the one who reported the molestation to Indiana authorities.
By this time, the victim was five months pregnant and she was forced to give birth, Glancy said. She had just turned 11. The baby was given up for adoption, according to the Chronicle Tribune.
In court during his trial, Thrash was disruptive and at one point had to be removed because he kept telling the jury that the victim was a liar and there were other sex cases against her.
"He showed no remorse," Glancy said. "Absolutely none."
The girl testified about the abuse while clutching a stuffed animal, and spoke quietly, and tried to ignore Thrash. While she spoke, he chatted with his attorney constantly, Glancy said.
"It's so difficult for these kids to go into a courtroom full of people with the perpetrator there and endure questioning," Glancy said. "But that's what we do, we fight for justice for these kids."
The girl's mother was also charged with aiding in child molesting.
"In my 26 years as a prosecutor I've never charged anyone with that," Glancy said. She was also charged with neglect and assisting a criminal.
Under Indiana law, Thrash will have to serve at least 85 percent of his 160 year sentence - or 132 years. The mother's trial is scheduled for Oct. 9.
[Photo: Grant County Jail]