Man gets 40 years for mo­lest­ing girls, tak­ing un­der­wear pho­tos

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By Amanda C. Coyne

A Lawrenceville man has been con­victed of more than a dozen felonies for tak­ing pho­tos of sleep­ing girls wear­ing only un­der­wear and mo­lest­ing one of the girls, the Gwin­nett County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice said.

Justin Rice, 34, has been con­victed of eight counts of child mo­lesta­tion, three counts of in­va­sion of pri­vacy and two counts of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of chil­dren.

The U.S. De­part­ment of Jus­tice found a “se­ries of child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion ma­te­ri­als” on a for­eign web­site in 2014, ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice. The pho­tos showed a fe­male child asleep. She was clothed, but it ap­peared that her body had been posed by some­one else and that her clothes had been “ma­nip­u­lated,” the DA’s of­fice said.

The De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity found nearly three dozen pho­tos like this. All of the pho­tos had sleep­ing girls with their clothes “ad­justed to show var­i­ous parts of their bod­ies,” the DA’s of­fice said.

Home­land Se­cu­rity spe­cial agents were able to trace the pho­tos back to Rice, but when Rice learned law en­force­ment agents were at his home, he fac­tory-re­set his cell­phone, eras­ing ev­ery­thing on it, the DA’s of­fice said.

Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the pho­tos, a child re­ported that Rice had mo­lested her in the past.

Rice was con­victed Thurs­day af­ter a three-day trial.

He was sen­tenced to 40 years, with 20 to serve in prison and an­other 20 on pro­ba­tion.

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