Man, 34, gets life for raping, impregnating 13-year-old runaway


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Kimathi Lewis
Atlanta Crime Examiner

Mr. Stephen Kendrick, 34, was sentenced to life for raping, impregnating a 13-year-old girl he was living with on the streest, prosecutors said.
 
 

A man impregnated a 13-year-old girl whom he met while boarding at her parents’ home, prosecutors said.

Mr. Stephen Troy Kendrick, 34, was later caught living in a vacant home with the girl who had ran away from home, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

On Monday Mr. Kendrick was sentenced to life in prison for statutory rape, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child molestation and aggravated child molestation, prosecutor said.

The aggravated child molestation charge stemmed from the pain of childbirth, spokeswoman Ms. Yvette Brown said.

The case unfolded on Feb. 21, 2011 when College Park police found Mr. Kendrick and the girl sleeping in a vacant unit at Cypress Glenn Apartments on Godby Road, Ms. Brown said.

Mr. Kendrick told police the girl was his 18-year-old cousin, prosecutors said.

But investigators later discovered after further questioning that the girl was a 13-year-old runaway whose parents had reported missing two months earlier, Ms. Brown said.

Investigators said the girl had been living with Mr. Kendrick on the streets after running away from home.

“Kendrick, a former boarder in the victim’s home was eventually asked to leave after the girl’s parents realized the defendant was becoming too close with their daughter,” Ms. Brown said. “He continued his ‘relationship’ with the 13-year-old, often sneaking into the family’s home to visit the girl.”

Investigators later discovered the girl was pregnant with the defendant’s child, Ms. Brown said.

“The injury and pain of child birth associated with the young girl’s pregnancy formed the basis for the aggravated child molestation charge against the defendant,” Ms. Brown said.

Superior Court Judge Constance Russell sentenced Mr. Kendrick to life plus two years in prison, Ms. Brown said.

 

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