A 34-year-old man was sentenced to life plus two years in prison after being convicted of charges related to sexual assaulting a 13-year-old girl whom he impregnated, the Fulton County District Attorney's office announced Monday.
A jury found Stephen Troy Kendrick guilty Thursday of statutory rape, aggravated child molestation, child molestation, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and criminal trespassing.
College Park police found Kendrick sleeping with the 13-year-old, whom he first claimed was his 18-year-old cousin, in a vacant unit of the Cypress Glen Apartments on Godby Road last February, authorities said. The two are not related.
Investigators discovered that Kendrick met the girl while he was a boarder in her family's home. The girl's parents became worried about Kendrick's closeness with their daughter and asked him to leave, but he continued to sneak into the house to visit her, authorities said.
The girl ran away from home and lived on the streets with Kendrick. After police found the pair, the girl was reunited with her parents, who had reported her missing two months earlier, the DA's office said.
The girl was pregnant with Kendrick's child, investigators later discovered.
"The injury and pain of child birth associated with the young girl’s pregnancy" led to the aggravated child molestation charge, the DA's office said.