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Man Found Guilty of Raping, Molesting Little Cobb Girls

George Henry Lawton, of Jacksonville, Fla., was sentenced on Thursday to two consecutive life sentences, plus 20 years to be served consecutively.

George Henry Lawton. Courtesy Cobb County Jail
George Henry Lawton. Courtesy Cobb County Jail
Patch Staff Report

Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announced Thursday that a man has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 20 years after being convicted of raping and sodomizing two little girls.

Jurors took less than two hours on Thursday to convict George Henry Lawton, 27, of Jacksonville, Fla., on all 11 counts in the indictment. The trial began Monday with jury selection.

The acts occurred between 2009 and 2011 when the girls were 5 and 8 years old, and they took place at three south Cobb residences. One of the young victims testified during the trial.

Lawton was romantically involved with the girls’ mother.

“He has been convicted of repeatedly raping and sodomizing an 8-year-old girl, and sodomizing a girl who was no more than 5 years old,” Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring said during sentencing Thursday afternoon. “The evidence has shown that he cannot be trusted to be a free man.”

Boring prosecuted the case with Assistant District Attorney Courtney Mays.

Lawton was found guilty of rape, four counts of aggravated sodomy, four counts of aggravated child molestation, and two counts of child molestation.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben M. Green then sentenced Lawton to two consecutive life sentences, plus 20 years to be served consecutively. He was sentenced as a recidivist, after the state presented evidence of several prior convictions.

Elizabeth Elizabeth April 11, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Previous crimes matter because they show a pattern of unlawful behavior. Witnesses are always sequestered so that their testimony remains free of bias based on the testimony of others. Circumstantial evidence is often the most revealing. This man was convicted of a very, very violent act against young children with whom he had direct access and control over thanks to their mother because women can't stop serving their young children up to their boyfriends even though statistically he probably chose her BECAUSE she had two young daughters. Where the heck is their actual father? Men - be responsible with your kids and women - stop leaving your kids in the hands of boyfriends!!!!!!!
Gwen Washington April 14, 2014 at 12:53 PM
I hope he rots in prison.....with Bubba on top of him.
Jerry Kitchens April 20, 2014 at 07:33 PM
If I was judge, he'd get the death penalty.
Barbara Scott April 23, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Where was the mother....women pls stop leaving your daughters with your boyfriend....#dab!
Philip Botha April 27, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Wow....there are actually people defending him?Wow,just wow! Rot in prison bitch,hopefully your lovers will be real rough with you.

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