A 34-year-old Georgia man was sentenced to life in prison plus two years after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
Stephen Troy Kendrick was found guilty by a Fulton County jury last week of statutory rape, aggravated child molestation, child molestation, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and criminal trespassing stemming from his “relationship” with a 13-year-old girl.
According to reports, Kendrick met the girl when he was a boarder in her parents’ home. After they became uncomfortable with how close the man had gotten to their daughter, they asked Kendrick to leave. Apparently, that didn’t end the sexual relationship and the girl later ran away with Kendrick.
After reporting their daughter missing, the pair were found sleeping together in a vacant apartment building two-months later. Initially Kendrick told police the girl was his 18-year-old cousin, but they later determined she was the missing 13-year-old girl.
While some may scoff at the life sentence handed down by the judge, it’s clear he was trying to send a strong message.
Should more pedophiles face similarly harsh penalties?
What do you think?