A Scott County jury has found a Davenport man guilty of molesting two 6-year-old girls in his home in December.
After several hours of deliberation Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, the jury found Max V. Thorndike, 64, guilty of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of lascivious acts with a child.
His sentencing is set for July 25, and each of the second-degree sexual abuse counts carries a mandatory 25-year prison sentence. The lascivious acts charge is a Class C felony that carries a 10-year prison term.
Assistant Scott County Attorney Jerry Feuerbach applauded the two girls for their courage in coming forward to report what Thorndike did to them the night of Dec. 15, 2012, while they were in his care. The girls aren't related to Thorndike.
In his closing statement Wednesday, Feuerbach showed the jury stick figure drawings from each of the girls. The girls understand that what Thorndike did was wrong, Feuerbach said.
In convicting him, the jury has determined that the girls' accusations were true, that while they were lying on a bed, Thorndike approached each one individually and forced each victim to place her hands on his genitals for sexual gratification.
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The incident occurred at a duplex in the 1900 block of North Clark Street, where he lived at the time.
"The children were excellent witnesses and are involved in treatment," Feuerbach said after Thursday's verdict was handed down. "And we all hope that they can put this behind them and live happy lives."