Friday, February 01, 2008

Story #2


Atlanta-Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announces the conviction of a 36-year-old defendant who admits to raping and impregnating a then 11-year-old girl. Trianthony Timothy Cannon pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, one count of aggravated stalking of a child, one count of aggravated child molestation, two counts of child molestation, one count of aggravated assault and one count of obstruction of a law enforcement officer. In addition, Cannon pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation related to the girl's 10-year-old brother. Assistant District Attorney Lee Young-Williams, who prosecuted the case, says there was evidence Cannon made the boy watch him rape and assault the child's sister and expose himself. There was also evidence, Young-Williams says, Cannon taught the boy to masturbate.

Cannon lived with Julia Johnson, the children's mother, who secured his release from jail after he was first arrested on charges of molesting her daughter. He moved back in with the family and began raping the little girl again. The DA's office asked for the maximum sentence of 181 years in prison. Judge Constance Russell imposed a life sentence plus 80 years.

Last month, the 12-year-old victim gave birth to a boy who is awaiting adoption. The little girl is also in the custody of the Department of Family and Children's Services. 39-year-old Julia Johnson has been indicted on charges of cruelty to children in the first degree, contributing to the deprivation of a minor and being party to a crime of rape. She is in custody awaiting a trial date.
District Attorney Howard says "this is the most egregious case of child sex abuse I've ever seen. Mr. Cannon deserves every minute of the sentence Judge Russell imposed."

This case was prosecuted under the DA's Crimes against Women and Children division headed by Deputy District Attorney Deborah Espy. Fulton County Investigator Calvin Thomas was the lead investigator on the case.

No words can describe how I feel about these 2 situations. Q

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