WellSpring Living Freedom Story

WellSpring Living Freedom Story

WellSpring Living Freedom Story
 
I am happy to send you this article that tells of the victory for one of our girls. Can you imagine what it as been like for our little 14 year old?
 
Thankfully, she didn't have to testify against her perpetrator.
The original trial date was set for March. Because the attorney thought
she would be out of our program by the end of the month, he obtained a
continuance. We didn't release her, but kept her in care so that she
would remain safe and have follow-up counseling after the trial.
IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE GIRLS TO BE IN CARE FOR THEMSELVES
AND ALSO SO THAT PERPETRATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED!
Defend the poor and fatherless; Give justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; Free them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4
This is the first prosecution of a perpetrator by our local authorities.
All others have been by the FBI. We as a community are taking
responsibility! :-)
Thank you for helping to STOP THE PROSTITUTION OF OUR CHILDREN!
http://wellspringliving.org/

Subject: Fulton County District Attorney's Office Media Alert-State vs.
Johnathan Terry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
20-YEAR SENTENCE FOR CHILD PREDATOR WHO PIMPED
14-YEAR OLD SANDY SPRINGS GIRL

State vs. Johnathan Terry
Atlanta- 27-year old Johnathan Terry, a Miami man set to stand trial
in Fulton County this week for a myriad of sex offenses involving a
child, has pled guilty to the crimes against him. Shortly after a jury
was seated in the case, Terry pled guilty to child molestation,
statutory rape, pimping, pandering, enticing a child for indecent
purposes and felony reckless conduct.

The victim, a 14-year-old from Sandy Springs, met the defendant, known
to her as "Marcellus Wallace" at Underground Atlanta in December of
2008. Soon after, the defendant (25-years old at the time) began having
sex with the underage girl. A month later, Terry manipulated the victim
into engaging in acts of prostitution with numerous men throughout
Fulton and Dekalb Counties. On January 29, 2009, the victim and another
14-year old girl ran away from school and met the defendant. Terry took
the two girls to a Chamblee apartment complex where he pimped them to
several unidentified men--later taking most of the money they earned.
Chamblee Police Officers who received a tip about the young girls
hanging out at a nearby hotel picked the victims up after realizing they
were runaways. The Defendant, however, saw the police approaching and
fled before being identified. The girls did not disclose details of the
incident until May of 2009.

After learning that Defendant Terry had a MySpace account, officers
with the Sandy Springs and Atlanta Police Departments coaxed
the defendant back to Downtown Atlanta using a 21-year old "decoy"
posing as a 16-year old girl.
Terry was arrested on May 26, 2009 after traveling downtown to meet the
"16-year old". Authorities later discovered the defendant is HIV
positive. The victim, fortunately, has repeatedly tested negative for
the disease over the past year.

Following his guilty plea, Johnathan Terry was sentenced to 20-years in
prison by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk. In addition
to his prison term, Terry must also register as a sex offender for the
rest of his life.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Chuck
Boring and Senior ADA Cheveda McCamy of the Crimes Against Women and
Children Unit. DA Investigator Cindy Williamson and Investigator Jeffrey
Thomas of the Sandy Springs Police Department conducted the criminal
investigation.

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