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O’Fallon man sentenced for sexually abusing girl, attempting to strangle boy

Carl Scoma was arrested on a warrant in connection to seven felony charges from mid-May.
Carl Scoma was arrested on a warrant in connection to seven felony charges from mid-May.

An O’Fallon man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually abusing a now 15-year-old girl for more than two years and physically attacking a now 14-year-old boy.

Carl Scoma, 53, of O’Fallon, was convicted on four felony charges Thursday, sentencing documents from the St. Clair County Circuit Court state.

According to court documents, Scoma sexually touched the girl, who was 12 at the time of the first incident, and secretly recorded her in the shower of her home between January 2014 and August 2016.

In May 2017, Scoma was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of the girl, two counts of criminal sexual abuse, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and unauthorized video recording. The aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges were dropped, according to the sentencing documents.

Scoma was also convicted of aggravated domestic battery in connection with an incident that happened in 2015, where he put his hands around a then 11-year-old boy’s throat in an attempt to strangle him, court documents state.

“The victims in the case showed great courage throughout the case,” State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said following Scoma’s sentencing. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Judy Dala.

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Hana Muslic has been working the public safety beat for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.