46-year-old convicted of sexual battery, child abuse

Man faces minimum sentence of life in prison

Sandy Vernell Alston booking photo from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sandy Vernell Alston Jr. was convicted Friday of sexual battery and child abuse, according to the Office of the State Attorney.

A news release revealed the 46-year-old was found guilty on one count of sexual battery on a child over 12, and one count of child abuse -- impregnating a child under 16.

In 2013, authorities learned sexual activity had taken place between Alston and the child victim.

According to the State Attorney's Office, the investigation showed Alston sexually battered and forced the young girl to have sex with him on multiple occasions since 1999. The State Attorney's Office also said during that period of time, Alston impregnated the victim who was then under the age of 16.

Alston faces a minimum sentence of life in prison. He will be sentenced the week of March 3.