3 sentenced to prison in Georgia child molestation cases

Chadrick Smalley (from left), Jason Gregory Bell, Rodney Dwayne Hurley
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Chadrick Smalley (from left), Jason Gregory Bell, Rodney Dwayne Hurley

Credit: Carroll County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Carroll County Sheriff's Office

Three men took negotiated plea deals in three separate child molestation cases in Carroll County, according to a news release from the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office.

The defendants will serve a total of 55 years in prison.

Carroll County Superior Court sentenced Rodney Dwayne Hurley, Chadrick Smalley and Jason Gregory Bell on Tuesday.

Hurley, 51, pleaded guilty to child molestation and sexual exploitation of children and was sentenced to 20 years, with 10 to serve in prison.

Villa Rica police were notified of suspected child molestation in December of last year. They discovered that Hurley gave a 15-year-old, who spent the night at his residence, alcohol and pills. The victim told police she pretended to take the pills before spitting them out.

Police said Hurley also inappropriately touched her and took pictures of her without a shirt. They initially charged him with furnishing alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In January, warrants were taken out on charges of child molestation and sexual exploitation of a child, according to a release from the department.

As the investigation continued, police found pictures of another victim on Hurley’s phone. They believed the second victim was between 15 and 16 years old at the time, the release said.

Smalley, 40, pleaded guilty to aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery and was sentenced to 20 years in prison and life on probation. He was not given the possibility of parole.

The Carrollton man was arrested by the Carrollton Police Department on April 6 after officers were notified that he assaulted a 13-year-old, the daughter of his girlfriend at the time, according to a report.

Smalley assaulted the victim at the child’s residence while she was sitting on the coach. The victim, who police said was too scared to stop him, locked herself in her room and called her mother after the incident, at which point Smalley left the house, the report said.

Police arrested the defendant the day of the incident, according to jail records.

Bell, 37, pleaded guilty to four counts of child molestation and was sentenced to 39 years, 25 in prison.

Carroll County investigators were notified of a child molestation in Whitesburg involving the defendant and a 14-year-old. During the investigation, authorities discovered three other victims ranging from 12 to 16 years old.

Bell ultimately confessed to the assaults and was arrested May 9, according to jail records.

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