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Coweta man convicted in ‘worst case of paedophilia’ judge has ever seen


A Coweta County judge has found a man guilty of what he calls the “worst case of child molestation” he has ever seen.

Derrol Allen Grant was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences followed by 60 years for four counts of aggravated child molestation, one count of incitement to a child for indecent purposes, one count of aggravated sexual assault and three counts of pedophilia.

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Newnan Police began investigating Grant in 2018 after a child told a friend – who later told a school counselor – that Grant had abused the victim for six years.

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The investigation determined that other children had witnessed some of the sexual abuse. As the case went to trial after a delay during the COVID-19 pandemic, two additional victims were identified. All three testified against Grant.

Coweta County District Attorney John Cranford Jr. commended the victims for their bravery and the witnesses for their courage in bringing the abuse to light.

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“These victims persevered through years of abuse and for another four years awaiting trial, and they finally received the affirmation and justice they deserve,” Cranford said.

The victims have not been identified and it is unclear how Grant got to know them.

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