On October 30, 2019, a Spalding County jury found Armed Cortez Clemmons guilty of aggravated child molestation, two counts of child molestation, sodomy, trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, enticing a child for indecent purposes, pimping for persons under 18, and computer pornography. The Honorable Scott L. Ballard sentenced the defendant to a total of Life plus 30 years in prison.
District Attorney Benjamin D. Coker and Assistant District Attorney Morgan Kendrick tried the first sex trafficking case ever successfully prosecuted in the Griffin Judicial Circuit. The victim took the stand and testified at trial. The defendant was convicted of placing advertisements for the victim, who was 14 years old at the time, and transporting her to different locations to engage in sexual acts with multiple men. The case was investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
ADA Kendrick said, “I hope today’s verdict sends a strong message to our community that this behavior will not be tolerated in the Griffin Judicial Circuit. Children deserve to be protected, and we will do whatever it takes to ensure all children are safe from predators. I’m incredibly thankful for the hard work and dedication of our team, especially our victim advocate Denise Miller, investigator John Wright, legal assistant Jessica Smith, and GBI Special Agent Trisha Cannon. I would also like to thank District Attorney Coker for his steadfast courage in prosecuting these cases and protecting the children of our Circuit.”
Beginning on September 9, 2019, Assistant District Attorney Kate Lenhard, Assistant District Attorney Donna GoPaul, and Assistant District Attorney Ashton Fallin tried the State of Georgia vs. Antorio Parker. The defendant was charged with multiple counts of Child Molestation, Aggravated Sexual Battery, and Incest for multiple sexual acts he committed against his step-daughter over the course of a year. The jury convicted the defendant on September 16, 2019. On October 21, 2019, Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards sentenced the defendant to Life in prison followed by 40 years to serve in prison.
"Because of the courage of a young girl, a predator will no longer be able to prey on other children," said Assistant District Attorney Kate Lenhard. "I am extremely grateful for the service of our Spalding County jurors in this case. Justice was served."