Ringgold, Georgia, man convicted of molesting two girls for years

Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office / Thurman Carl Coleman

A 79-year-old man was convicted by a Catoosa County jury Wednesday after evidence presented over a three-day trial showed he repeatedly molested young girls for more than a decade, according to a news release from the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office.

Thurman Carl Coleman, from Ringgold, Georgia, was convicted on charges of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of aggravated child molestation, two counts of incest and five counts of child molestation in the trial, which was presided over by Judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr.

Coleman's relatives had moved into his residence to help him after his wife passed away in 2011.

Shortly after his family moved into their own residence in the summer of 2021, two girls said he had been molesting them for several years. One victim reported the abuse to a counselor at a summer camp, and the other told her mother.