James Martin Ferris, age 34, was tried and convicted in the Superior Court of Catoosa County, Georgia, for forty-six separate counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery, Child Molestation, and Sexual Exploitation of Children after a six day jury trial which was concluded on April 21, 2014. Between January 1, 2012 and March 24, 2013, Ferris had illicit sexual contact with five juvenile female victims ranging in age from 12 years old to 14 years old.
At the time of his arrest, Lt. Freddie Roden of the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department seized Ferris’ cellular telephone and several media storage devices. A forensic analysis of Ferris’ cellphone by Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent James Harris uncovered videos of Ferris sexually abusing one child victim who was unconscious at the time. Analysis of the media storage devices revealed numerous images of child pornography and child erotica.
On April, 22, 2014, Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Ralph Van Pelt, Jr. sentenced James Martin Ferris to serve his natural life plus two hundred and fifty years in confinement in the state prison system.
James Martin Ferris was represented at trial by Mr. Steven A. Miller of Summerville.
The case was prosecuted by Catoosa County Senior Assistant District Attorney, Alan C. Norton.