South Carolina man, 37, gets life sentence for impregnating 10-year-old girl, officials say

A 37-year-old South Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after raping and impregnating a 10-year-old girl who was watching cartoons when the assault occurred, officials said.

Tony Orlanda Singleton was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual assault after a two-day trial at the Hampton County Courthouse, the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office said in a news release.

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“This girl should be getting ready to go back to school, making friends, braiding her hair – things other girls her age typically are engaged in,” said prosecutor Hunter Swanson of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. “Instead, she’s in a courtroom, reliving a horrific ordeal.”

Singleton has previous convictions for traffic and drug offenses, the solicitor's office said. (14th Circuit Solicitor's Office via AP)

Singleton has previous convictions for traffic and drug offenses, the solicitor's office said. (14th Circuit Solicitor's Office via AP)

Singleton, who knew the girl’s mother, entered a room where the 10-year-old was watching "SpongeBob SquarePants" in April 2016, turned off the lights and raped her, the solicitor’s office said.

A few months later, the girl’s mother took her to get an abortion, officials said. The child then told a forensic interviewer how she'd been forced into intercourse.

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A DNA sample from the fetus proved Singleton was the father, according to the news release.

A jury handed down its verdict after deliberating for less than an hour. Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen then delivered a life sentence without parole.