Arnez Ali was found guilty of Sexual Battery by Familial or Custodial Authority on a child over 12 and less than 18. Ali was found guilty by a Hernando County jury in less than 15 minutes. He was sentenced to life in prison on December 21, 2022.
This case began when the victim ran into a McDonalds after the defendant, her father, had struck the victim several times. When law enforcement officers arrived, she disclosed the defendant had been sexually battering her since she was 15. Upon investigating the allegations, the defendant’s DNA was found on the victim. Healthcare professionals took the stand and testified regarding the substantial physical evidence supporting the victim’s claims.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Angelina Rodeo.