Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Cobb County for Molesting Young Girl Over Three Years

A Cobb County man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the prolonged sexual abuse of a young girl. The sentence marks the culmination of a harrowing case that has deeply affected the local community.

James Thompson, 45, was convicted of molesting a girl over a period of three years, starting when she was just 7 years old. The abuse came to light when the now 10-year-old victim confided in a school counselor, who then reported it to authorities. The subsequent investigation revealed the extent of the abuse, leading to Thompson’s arrest and trial.

During the trial, the prosecution presented compelling evidence, including testimonies from the victim, her family, and experts in child abuse. The court heard how Thompson manipulated and threatened the girl to keep her silent, exploiting her trust and vulnerability.

The jury found Thompson guilty on multiple counts of child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. In addition to the 20-year prison sentence, Thompson will be on probation for the rest of his life following his release. He is also required to register as a sex offender and undergo mandatory counseling.

“This case underscores the severe impact of prolonged abuse on young victims,” said District Attorney Flynn Broady. “We hope this sentence brings some measure of justice and closure to the brave young girl and her family. Our office remains committed to protecting the most vulnerable members of our community.”

The victim’s family expressed relief at the verdict and sentencing, emphasizing the importance of believing and supporting children who come forward with such allegations. Community organizations have also rallied around the family, offering support and resources for recovery.

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Authorities urge anyone with information about similar cases or who suspects child abuse to contact the Cobb County Police Department or local child protective services. The community is reminded that vigilance and prompt reporting are crucial in preventing and addressing abuse.

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