22-year-old Kelsey Saxton Trumble of Granite Falls has been convicted of felony indecent liberties with a child following a four-day trial last week in Caldwell County Criminal Superior Court. The jury deliberated for more than two hours before returning the guilty verdict. Trumble was given a suspended sentence of no less than 16 months and no more than 20 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction and was placed on supervised sex offender probation for a period of 36 months. He must also serve an active sentence of 90 days. Upon his release, Trumble will be required to register with the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry for a period of 30 years.
The crime occurred during the summer of 2010 in Caldwell County. Trumble was 18 and was a babysitter for the victim, who was under the age of 12 at the time of the offense.
Detective Shelly Hartley from the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation with assistance from the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County and the Caldwell Co. Department of Social Services. Assistant District Attorneys Nancy Lee and Dawn Tutterow prosecuted the case and the Honorable Robert T. Sumner presided over the trial.