Marietta man found guilty of raping 6-year-old girl gets life in prison

Jamal Adams' sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 19.

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

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Jamal Adams' sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 19.

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

A Marietta man found guilty of raping a 6-year-old girl was sentenced to life in prison Friday, according to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.

Jamal Adams, 27, was convicted on all counts, including rape and two counts of aggravated child molestation, district attorney spokesperson Latonia Hines said.

The abuse by Adams came to light on June 3, 2020, when the child was taken to Wellstar Cobb Hospital by her mother and grandmother and given a sexual assault exam, prosecutors said. In an arrest warrant, the victim told police she did not “want to tell on” Adams about the abuse at his home, the Marietta Daily Journal reported.

After Cobb police detectives reviewed the evidence and interviewed Adams, he was arrested the next day.

Superior Court Judge Ann B. Harris sentenced Adams to life in prison plus 25 years.

“This child showed incredible bravery at a very young age by testifying in front of her abuser and the jury,” Senior Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Raynor said in a statement. “Adams’ actions were unconscionable and despicable. We are confident with this sentence that Adams will never prey on another child again.”

The DA’s office confirmed that Adams was also arrested in 2018 and charged with simple battery and third-degree cruelty to children in an unrelated case.

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