First Posted: 11/12/2009
DOBSON A Mount Airy man has begun serving a lengthy prison sentence after being convicted this week of felony offenses related to sexual acts involving two children.
Patrick Loren Towe, 38, whose address has been given as 341 Franklin St., was found guilty by a jury in Surry Superior Court of five charges stemming from incidents occurring two years ago. They include two counts of first-degree statutory rape of a child under 13 and three counts of first-degree statutory sexual offense involving a child under 13.
Towe was sentenced by Judge Ronald E. Spivey to 346 months to 425 months for the two rape charges, and imposed an identical term for the first-degree sex offenses which will run consecutively to the other sentence.
This indicates that Towe, who is now at Central Prison in Raleigh, is to serve a minimum sentence of almost 58 years in the state prison system and possibly more than 70 years.
He had been charged by the Mount Airy Police Department in March 2008 after a lengthy investigation that began in November 2007, Capt. J.A. Freeman, then a detective, has said.
The offenses involved two girls, who were 9 and 4 years old at the time the acts were committed. When Towe was arrested, authorities declined to specify any relationship the children had to Towe and the victims have not been identified.
After the offenses occurred in the summer and fall of 2007, one of the girls later talked about what had happened, leading her mother to contact authorities. In the course of that investigation, information surfaced about the involvement of the second child.
That victim resided in another city in North Carolina, but had spent time in Mount Airy during the summer of 2007, with the offenses occurring between June and October of that year.
Should Towe ever be released from prison, conditions imposed by the court will require him to be enrolled in a satellite-based monitoring program for the remainder of his life in addition to registering as a sexual offender.
The defendant further was ordered to pay a $6,000 fee for his court-appointed attorney and will undergo sex-offender treatment and education while imprisoned.
Contact Tom Joyce at [email protected] or at 719-1924.