Man found guilty of molesting young girl

Prosecutors: Sexual activity began when girl was under 12, went on for 5 years

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Brian Long
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Brian Long

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Brian Long, 42, was convicted Friday afternoon on two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and sexual battery.

Long, retired from the U.S. Navy, was arrested in February 2011 based on evidence that he sexually abused young Jacksonville girl from June 2004 until November 2009. Prosecutors say the victim was under the age of 12 when the abuse started.

The victim told authorities that Long threatened if she did not behave he would tie her up in his bedroom. Police served a search warrant at Long's home and found cloth restraints attached to his bed.

"Justice has finally been served for the victim and her family. The victim was able to face her abuser in court today with support from her family as well as Bikers Against Child Abuse," said Assistant State Attorney Erin Wolfson. 

Long faces life in prison. His sentencing date will be set on Sept. 10, 2012.