A 38-year-old Dalton man was recently convicted of the attempted sexual assault of four underage co-workers while employed as a security guard at Rossville’s Lake Winnepesaukah amusement park.
Carlos Fenelli was sentenced to a total of 15 years, with the first four years to be served in prison. After his release, he will be required to register annually as a sex offender, according to a written press release from the Lookout Mountain Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
“The courageous actions of these victims who came forward allowed us to stop this offender before he could do more harm to these girls or others.” District Attorney Chris Arnt wrote in the statement. Judge Ralph Van Pelt handed down the sentence on March 10.
The allegations came to light after one of the victims reported Fenelli’s inappropriate touching and comments, according to the statement. He was immediately fired. Further investigation by the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office found three more victims. During forensic interviews at the Children’s Advocacy Center, the victims said they were inappropriately touched by Fenelli.
In an interview after his arrest, the statement said Fenelli admitted to being sexually attracted to several of the victims and having inappropriate conversations with them.
According to Arnt, the parents of one of the victims, “thanked the district attorney’s office for all we did and appreciated our team’s efforts to support them and their families.”
— Compiled by Andrew Wilkins