Edwin Moran
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Marietta man sentenced to 59 years for molesting 13-year-old, giving her STD

A Marietta man who repeatedly molested his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter and gave her a sexually transmitted disease was sentenced to nearly six decades in prison.

Edwin Moran, 34, was convicted of child molestation and cruelty to children following a week-long trial, the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

The abuse came to light in the spring of 2017 when the victim’s mother woke up in the middle of the night to find a partially nude Moran leaving the area where her daughter slept, prosecutors said. 

She called police, but the teen maintained that she was asleep at the time and didn’t know what her mother’s longtime boyfriend did to her, authorities said.

A sexual assault examination later revealed the abuse had gone on for a while, however, and the 13-year-old experienced an STD outbreak several days after the assault, prosecutors said. 

At trial, it was revealed the teen was regularly abused by her mother’s boyfriend and that he threatened her to keep her from saying anything. Prosecutors said the girl was afraid of what would happen to her and her family if she reported the abuse.

On Thursday, Moran was sentenced to 60 years with 59 to serve in custody. He will receive credit for time he has already served in jail.

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