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Man Sentenced To 50 Years For Incest

Yahya Abutair, 54, was sentenced to 50 years, with 25 to serve in prison, after pleading guilty to physically and sexually assaulting his own children.

Yahya Abutair, 54, was sentenced to 50 years, with 25 to serve in prison, after he pleaded guilty to physically and sexually assaulting his own children. Credit: Cherokee Sheriff's Office
Yahya Abutair, 54, was sentenced to 50 years, with 25 to serve in prison, after he pleaded guilty to physically and sexually assaulting his own children. Credit: Cherokee Sheriff's Office

A Cherokee County man has been sentenced for raping and abusing his children. 

Yahya Abutair on Thursday, during a break in the state's trial, pleaded guilty to one count incest, two counts of aggravated assault family violence and one count of simple battery family violence, Chief Assistant District Attorney Rachelle Carnesale said Friday morning.

After the negotiated plea, Abutair was sentenced by Cherokee County Superior Court Judge Ellen McElyea to 50 years, with 25 to serve in prison and the remainder to be served on probation.  

Abutair, 54, was on trial for the "sexual and physical abuse of his natural children," Carnesale said. 

The defendant was originally indicted in February on one count of rape, two counts of incest, four counts of aggravated assault family violence and three counts of simple battery family violence. 

After Abutair's children originally disclosed their abuse to law enforcement, they were taken into Department of Family and Children Services’ custody and Abutair fled the country. 

He remained in Jordan for nearly a year and then was arrested in May 2013 upon re-entry into the United States, Carnesale stated. 

Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit District Attorney Shannon Wallace noted Abutair "destroyed his family and destroyed his own life."

"This is exactly the type of vicious predator that deserves a lengthy prison term," she said. "His children can feel safe now."

mary ingram June 28, 2014 at 08:12 AM
i dont think a prison sentence is the right punnishment for anyone that hurts a child poor children my prayers are with them
Halima Abutair July 03, 2014 at 04:54 PM
he is innocent, he is a very good man, all this is a lie a god damn lie from his x-wife and daughter
moe hafe July 03, 2014 at 10:24 PM
this man is innocent , i know him personally ,, if he wasn't so he wouldn't left Jordan back to the US . his old daughter is a pure devil.
diane July 10, 2014 at 12:14 AM
If he was not guilty he would of not PLEADED guilty (ADMITTED) towards any of the abuse, especially the incest. You are sick if you think everything he has said towards you is all true. I mean if you really think about it; what else has he lied to you all about? because it's a goddamn lot. You have nothing to say when the Devil is right in front of you lying straight to your face.

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