Child molester gets 25 years without parole on Richmond County plea agreement

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 8:25 PM
Last updated Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:33 AM
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A convicted child molester accused of sexually assaulting four children for several years after his release from prison is headed back to prison, this time for 25 years without the chance of parole.



James Daniel Cousart Jr., 39, entered an Alford plea – a plea in which a defendant concedes there is enough evidence for a jury to reach a conviction – Tuesday in Richmond County Superior Court.

If it wasn’t for the persistence of the child abuse experts at the Child Enrichment Center and Assistant District Attorney Kristi Connell, the children would still be Cousart’s victims, prosecutor Hank Syms said Tuesday.

“Even if only half of what the children disclosed is true, they really did live a nightmare for years,” Syms said. He agreed to allow Cousart to enter a plea to four of the 17 sexual assault charges he faced, mostly to spare the children from having to testify, Syms said.

According to the indictment, Cousart raped the children beginning when one girl was 6 and one boy was 5. The abuse of the other two children began when they were around 4 and 8. The abuse allegedly included Cousart raping the children and in one incident, according to the indictment, allowing a man known only as “Daniel” to sexually assault one of the children.

Cousart’s wife, Amy Cousart, is a fugitive. She is accused of four counts of cruelty to children for reportedly knowing about the abuse and failing to protect the children. Although Amy Cousart filed for divorce after their arrests, it was dismissed.

Syms said after court that the mother of two of the children has not come forward. The children are now in foster care.

The children first came to the attention of law enforcement when the youngest child was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. The other three children were also tested and found to be positive, Syms said. All four insisted they hadn’t been abused. But the Child Enrichment Center met several times with each child to build trust. After all the children had been through, it was some time before they could disclose the first time they met someone, Syms said. Until then, they never said a word about the abuse to anyone, he said.

Judge Sheryl Jolly accepted the plea negotiation and imposed the 25-year prison sentence. When released, Cousart will remain on probation the rest of his life.

Cousart, who faced charges of aggravated child molestation and kidnapping with bodily injuries when he was 18, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of child molestation. He was sentenced in 1992 to five years in prison followed by five years on probation. According to the indictment in that case, Cousart attempted to rape a 9-year-old girl.

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my.voice
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my.voice 04/10/12 - 08:43 pm
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Why make a deal with the

Why make a deal with the devil?

jbartley
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jbartley 04/10/12 - 09:19 pm
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once a rapest child or adult

once a rapest child or adult always one!! At 57 I have heard everyone say they can be FIXED, I have never seen it. Lock them up for ever!!

KSL
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KSL 04/10/12 - 09:24 pm
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I think you made your point

I think you made your point with your double post!

GaStang22
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GaStang22 04/10/12 - 11:59 pm
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They both just need to be put
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They both just need to be put down!!!!!

GaStang22
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GaStang22 04/11/12 - 12:08 am
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Why cant I find a single
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Why cant I find a single photo of the wife? Why arent the media outlets flashing it to help catch her? She was arrested so there is a mugshot.
Why don't I see it on any news story, any wanted sites etc.... What gives??

Equaltreatmentforall
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Equaltreatmentforall 04/11/12 - 07:32 am
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Why would this monster be

Why would this monster be allowed back into society? Ever? If the courts had done their job the first time these 4 innocent children would not have their lives scarred forever. In 25 years he will be cured? Right!!!

MachineMade
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MachineMade 04/11/12 - 08:30 am
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Ponder this: this 39 year old

Ponder this: this 39 year old is the son, son-in-law, grandson, husband, and friend to many. These people that you want to lock up and throw away the key is someone's family. AND it could be someone in your family. Then would you have the same opionion? No, you wouldn't. It's easy on this side to say what you've said - but when your close family member is in this situation and you hear someone say "throw away the key", it will be you that slumps to the floor and wants to die.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/11/12 - 08:38 am
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If the charges are true, he

If the charges are true, he DOES need to spend the rest of his life sequestered from society. I understand the pain that causes people who love him, but these are not one time "mistakes"; they are a pattern of someone who is pathological.

SAPCS
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SAPCS 04/11/12 - 08:39 am
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Ponder this: Your family

Ponder this: Your family member has molested his CHILDREN--repeatedly--and allowed others to do so, as well. These CHILDREN are your family. No, I would not be adverse to throwing away the key. Obviously, he's broke. One stint in prison did not fix him, so it's highly unlikely that another will do any good. If he were my father, brother or even my SON, I would want him in a place where he could not harm another child.

TruthJusticeFaithHope
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TruthJusticeFaithHope 04/11/12 - 08:45 am
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MachineMade... you presented

MachineMade... you presented the logical argument about why child sexual abuse continues to be an epidemic in this country. Family will go to great lenghths to protect their own... to cover up crimes and never admit that there is a problem... all at the expense of the child's life and health. To fix a problem, we must admit there is one. We are a very long way from being able to protect children, and this is a big reason why. If this guy can function at all... even at age 64... he WILL continue to victimize children... he is attracted to children.... that is what he does.

noway
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noway 04/11/12 - 09:03 am
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MachineMade - you need to

MachineMade - you need to wake up and break the cycle. NO, if my family member was doing this, I would want them in jail, if not worse. It's wrong. I would feel sad and embarrassed, but would be sure I made them go to jail. TruthJustice is correct. It's people like you who protect your family first and not those children first.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 04/11/12 - 09:20 am
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MachineMade I would feel the
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MachineMade I would feel the same if it was my family member, especially when it wasnt just a one time thing he could have gotten a bum rap on. He should never see the free world again, for the good of the children. Yes he is someones something, and I feel bad for his family members, yet they didn't/couldn't prevent him from torturing and possibly ruining the lives of 4 innocent children, and no telling how many others just haven't reported it yet, so we can say without a doubt, they can't promise they can keep it from happening again. 25 years isn't long enough. I hope somehow this man is never EVER released! His wife should never be released either and she should be sterilized!! She makes me sick!!!! I still want to know why no photos of her and why no help asked of the public in finding her??

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 04/11/12 - 09:29 am
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what exactly are the people
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what exactly are the people at child enrichment doing? what precautions do they take not to coach testimony in the kids?

HighSociety
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HighSociety 04/11/12 - 09:43 am
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These people cannot be fixed.

These people cannot be fixed. On some cases were the child is under a certain age I feel the death penalty should be given.

rickbeatty
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rickbeatty 04/11/12 - 09:48 am
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I know this guy and this is

I know this guy and this is for from all he has done. no one loves this guy and if it were my family or even me i would say lock me away. he should be put down like a rabid dog!!!

GodisSoGood
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GodisSoGood 04/11/12 - 10:41 am
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From 2009 - "James Daniel

From 2009 - "James Daniel Cousart, 36, of the 2000 block of Plantation Road, was charged with two counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated child molestation Monday afternoon, according to a Richmond County jail committal.

A sheriff's report says Mr. Cousart gave one of the children gonorrhea and the other chlamydia. The report said the incidents happened between 2004 and this year."

He deserves the death penalty!!!!!

allhans
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allhans 04/11/12 - 11:28 am
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Wow..Folks who defend the

Wow..Folks who defend the abuser and not the abused. Un-be-liev-able.

Innocent children takes priority anytime against an adult that knows better.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/11/12 - 02:04 pm
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freespirited1990 posted: The

freespirited1990 posted:

The FBI has a study out about crime and the law abiding american citizen. This study stated that every citizen in the USA committed at least 5 felonies and 6 to 10 misdemeanors per year.

I absolutely believe that. Our lawmakers have written so many laws that it is impossible not to break some of them every year. We can't help but become a nation of scofflaws with all the laws on the books.

SAPCS
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SAPCS 04/11/12 - 02:43 pm
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@freespirted1990--I speed

@freespirted1990--I speed with startling regularity, I occasionally run red lights and I water my grass during water restriction. I don't steal, kill or MOLEST CHILDREN!

You wanna give ole boy a second chance, have at it. Maybe he can be your neighbor.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 04/11/12 - 04:12 pm
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freespirted1990, thats not
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freespirted1990, thats not the only thing said in the Bible about judgement. So according to you, there is no need for police or the justice system, Since no one is without sin, there is no one left to judge the actions of anyone else, therefore no laws can be broken. We can't even have laws. Let all the violent criminals out to walk among us. Now does that make sense??? This bleeding heart nonsense is getting ridiculous. And unless you can tell me you have never once in your life ever had a thought or comment about how someone acted, dressed, spoken etc..... , which that could never be the truth, Your post to everyone else is nothing shy of hypocritical. Sad you compare minor incidents to those of a man torturing innocent little babies. Shame!

TruthJusticeFaithHope
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TruthJusticeFaithHope 04/11/12 - 05:55 pm
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freespirited1990... I don't

freespirited1990... I don't know what bothers me the most about your post... is it your toally preachy, yet judgementality? Or, is it your ignorance and incorrect quotes with a tinge of paranoia ? Post something orginal, with thought and understanding for a change.

rickbeatty
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rickbeatty 04/11/12 - 07:31 pm
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Again this guy already served

Again this guy already served 5 years for doing a 9 year old girl

GaStang22
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GaStang22 04/12/12 - 05:39 am
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freespirted1990, I see you
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freespirted1990, I see you couldnt answer a post with questions about you. And I went back and read your post again.

And are you kidding me??? Downloading a song is more serious than the sexual abuse and torture of small innocent children??? How do you even compare the two?? OMG....SMH....Unbelievable!!

SAPCS
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SAPCS 04/12/12 - 11:19 am
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"Doing" a 9 year old girl? I

"Doing" a 9 year old girl? I think that could have been phrased better.

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