A Marietta man will serve a life sentence after he admitted to sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy in his care.
Charles Garrett, 48, was accused of assaulting and molesting the boy inside his Roberta Drive apartment between 2015 and 2016. On Monday, he entered a guilty plea while jury selection was underway for his upcoming trial, according to Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds.
Garrett pleaded guilty to aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation and cruelty to children in the first degree.
He was sentenced to life, with 18 years to serve in prison and the rest on probation. Garrett will also get credit for the time he has served since his March 2016 arrest, prosecutors said.
“The amount of courage it takes to face an abuser is remarkable,” said Assistant District Attorney Rachel Hines, who prosecuted the case along with Katie Gropper. “This outcome was possible because this young boy and his mother were brave enough to stand firm and speak the truth. Hopefully this sentence will help in their healing.”
When Garrett is released from prison, a judge ordered that he will be subject to sex-offender monitoring for the rest of his life.
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