Pair Guilty of Abuse, Sex Crimes Against Woman, 82

A Cartersville woman, 59, pleaded guilty to abusing her elderly mother, and testified against her co-defendant, a man the jury found guilty of aggravated sodomy and sexual battery.

Updated Thursday, Jan. 17

In an agreement with prosecuting attorneys to testify against Kent, Riddle received a five-year sentence, 60 days of which she was ordered to serve behind bars. She got credit for jail time already served and is set to serve the remainder of her sentence on probation, but will be required to "pay fines and complete assessment screenings," Thacker said.

Kent is set for a Feb. 5 sentencing hearing.

Original Report

A Cartersville man and woman accused of abusing and sexually assaulting an elderly woman were deemed guilty Monday in Bartow County Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Mickey Thacker said.

A jury found Mark Steven Kent, 52, guilty of aggravated sodomy and sexual battery after his co-defendant, Thelma Helen Riddle, 59, pleaded guilty to abusing an elderly person and testified against Kent in a deal with prosecuting attorneys.

The duo was arrested in July, Riddle accused of hiring a homeless Kent, who had no training or experience, to care for her mother, 82, according to court documents, The Daily Tribune News reported. While Kent was accused of sexually abusing the victim, Riddle was suspected of twice striking her mother with objects, once because the elder woman requested a glass of milk.

Riddle was jailed a second time in October, accused of visiting her mother at a local nursing home in violation of a no-contact order related to the Family Violence Act.

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Catherine Luense January 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM
This is just sick! She even smiled for her mug shot! I agree with @ Elizabeth They should have made her retake the photo. SICK SICK SICK!
steve January 18, 2013 at 02:35 PM
But yall have to admit aint these two "so pretty"?
Shelly January 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Yes Steve they are "so pretty", So pretty; Near CRAZY it is scary!
Joyce Myers January 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM
When I was incarcerated at Pulaski State prison there was an elderly lady serving almost 10 yrs for Elder Abuse and all she did was steal money from the lady and had paid it back....and all she gets is a slap on the wrist?
Donna January 19, 2013 at 04:46 AM
So 60 days in jail and 5 years probation for physically abusing her 82 yr old mother, all because she asked for a glass of milk? Who makes this kind of "slap on the wrist" kind of deal? and why did the judge accept it? In another article I read that "Thelma" was court-ordered to have NO CONTACT with her mother, who was in a nursing home. Rules and laws are not something Thelma follows well. I can't wait for Thelma to show up at her mom's nursing home, which will be a violation of her probation, and she'll be in prison till she's old and grey...wait she's already old and grey. At any rate I hope she goes to prison for a very long time, which is where she belongs!


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