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Roshard Whitehead Gets Four Life Sentences for Sexually Assaulting His Young Nieces

Roshard Whitehead (and his haircut) will spend the rest of his life in prison for raping his nieces starting when the girls were 6 and 8 years old.

Whitehead, a 30-year-old former Riviera Beach resident, was sentenced yesterday to four life terms in prison, with two of those sentences making him ineligible for parole.

Starting in January 2004, Whitehead would threaten the young girls with starvation and violence if they didn't comply with his sexual demands or if the girls told anyone what Whitehead was doing to them, according to a police report.

Police say the sexual assaults and molestations would occur when the children's grandmother would have Whitehead baby-sit the girls.

One day, the kids' mother happened to notice the two kids kissing in her apartment and decided to have a talk with them all about improper touching.

That's when the girls came forward to their mother about what had been going on and had them explain what happened in a letter.

The children wrote in the letters that Whitehead made them do "nasty stuff" in bed with them and would also make them watch "nasty movies." One of the girls wrote two letters explaining the events to her mother, with the girl writing that she was sorry 27 times in one of them.

The girls' mother went to the cops by January 2009, and they described the graphic details of the assaults, according to the police report.

Their mother explained a few facts about Whitehead, including the fact that he was arrested for molesting a 3-year-old girl back in 2003 that had since been expunged from his record.

By the time the cops started trying to find Whitehead, he had already told his roommate that he was off to go kill himself.

Instead, Whitehead skipped town and went to Kentucky, where he lived for around eight months, before he made his television debut on America's Most Wanted.

After the show aired, tips came in that Whitehead was living in Lexington, Kentucky, and he was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in August 2009.

A jury convicted Whitehead yesterday on two counts of sexual battery on a person under the age of 12 and another two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation.

Whitehead got two life sentences without the possibility of parole for the sexual battery charges that will run consecutively and two life sentences for the other charges that will run concurrently.

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