Child testifies against martial arts instructor charged with rape

—Staff writer Marcus K. Garner contributed to this article.

A 10-year-old girl testified Thursday against the martial arts instructor charged with sexually assaulting her, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Adrian Spellen is on trial in DeKalb County Superior Court on two counts of rape and child molestation. He is accused of attacking the girl, one of his students at Powerkicks Martial Arts, his taekwondo studio near Lithonia, between late May and early June of last year.

The girl told the jury that Spellen called her into his office twice and sexually assaulted her. She was 9 at the time.

When asked why she said she was upset, the girl replied, “Because I really liked him and I trusted him,” according to Channel 2.

Spellen has repeatedly denied the charges, and his attorney told the jury the evidence will clear his client.

Spellen, who was arrested in June 2011, was initially released on a $100,000 bond, but his bond was revoked in April after prosecutors accused him of violating release conditions that he stay away from children younger than 16.