A Fountain man already designated a sexual predator for an earlier conviction was found guilty Wednesday of sexually abusing a child over a period of years and was given multiple life
sentences, State Attorney Larry Basford announced.
Jeffrey Alan Kahm, 58, was found guilty Wednesday of three counts of Sexual Battery on a Person Less Than 12 Years of Age, and two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation. Circuit
Court Judge Brantley Clark gave Kahm Life sentences on each of the three sexual battery charges, to run concurrent. He also sentenced the defendant to Life on each of the two
molestation charges and ordered them to run consecutive to the first sentences.
Kahn was sent to prison in 1997 and designated a Sexual Predator for a South Florida Lewd and Lascivious Indecent Assault on a Child Under the Age of 16. He committed the Bay County
crimes against a pre-teen girl between 2018 and 2020. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrested him in 2021 after the attacks were disclosed.
“He had been to prison before for sexually abusing a child,” Prosecutor Frank Sullivan said after sentencing. “When you commit a crime like that in Bay County, we are going to do our best to
make sure you never have a chance to victimize another child. This defendant will not.”
Sullivan also said the case is an example that even when victims do not immediately disclose the crimes against them, law enforcement and child protection agencies can still take action and
prosecutors will pursue the cases in court.
The victim in this case, who was interviewed at the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center after disclosing the abuse, also testified at trial. The jury deliberated for just over an hour before
finding the defendant guilty as charged.
Basford thanked the Bay County Sheriff’s Office for its continued pursuit of sex offenders and the GCCAC for its work interviewing the victim and helping gather the information needed to
build a case.
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