Information from the South GA District D.A.'s Office-
What started as a case investigated by the Department of Homeland Security ended in what is effectively a life sentence for sexual exploitation of children and sexual assault for a repeat sexual predator in Grady County.
Vincenzo Alestra, 66, was convicted with fourteen counts of Felony Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possessing Child Pornography) in Grady County Superior Court. He was also found guilty of one count of Felony Child Molestation, one count of Felony Aggravated Sexual Battery, one count of Felony Aggravated Sodomy and one count of Felony Aggravated Child Molestation.
District Attorney Joseph K. Mulholland and Assistant District Attorney David Atwell prosecuted the case. Alestra was sentenced to 80 years in prison by Judge Kevin Chason.
Alestra's computer had dozens of images of children as young as 6 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
GBI agents discovered that Alestra had sodomized and sexually molested a minor child repeatedly under the age of 10 for over two years.
In 1978, Alestra was charged and convicted of kidnapping, rape, and aggravated assault in Volusia County Florida. That 21 year old victim was leaving work at the mall, and had never met or seen him before. He was sentenced to 30 years, but was released in 1999.
"We want the people of Grady County to know that there will be zero tolerance for such horrific crimes against children in the South Georgia Judicial Circuit," said D. A. Joe Mulholland. "Given the defendant's age this was essentially a life sentence which is exactly what he deserved. I cannot thank enough the Department of Homeland Security (Jeff White), GBI (Lindsay Marchant and Tony Banks), and Superior Court Judge Kevin Chason for their parts in making sure this monster will never again prey on innocent victims. "