Opp man sentenced for sex abuse

Published 12:37 am Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Opp man convicted of sexually abusing his stepdaughter even after she recanted her story was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.

On June 26, Robert Dennis Lolley, 42, formerly of Opp and Enterprise, was found guilty of first-degree sodomy and first-degree sex abuse of a child under 12 after he abused his then 8-year-old stepdaughter in 2008.

Monday, Lolley was sentenced to two 20-year concurrent sentences for his crimes, said District Attorney Greg Gambril.

“And Mr. Lolley will not be eligible for parole since he was convicted of a sex crime involving a child under 12,” Gambril said.

Lolley is “at this time, being held without bond pending appeal,” Gambril said. Lolley will remain in the Covington County Jail until his transfer to a state Department of Corrections facility.

The case, which was touted as a “unique challenge” to the office, was prosecuted by assistant district attorney ChaLea Tisdale.

The victim, who is now 11, recanted her story under “family pressure.” Since then, the victim’s mother has been indicted and convicted of endangering the welfare of a child for the way that she handled the accusations.

Prosecutors were able to obtain their conviction using testimony of prior statements “which included a sexually explicit drawing made by the child and a video taped interview with her, along with the opinion of several experts in the field that she was sexually abused were the crux of our evidence,” Tisdale said previously.