COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A 38-year-old Lawrenceville man has been convicted in Cobb County of molesting a young girl.
Adrian "Shawn" Burney was found guilty Thursday on two counts of child molestation. He will be sentenced Mar. 28 and faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.
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Burney was previously jailed in Alabama after pleading guilty to raping two underage girls in that state. He was brought to Cobb County upon being paroled.
The Georgia victim, now 24, testified in court. She told jurors Burney lived with her family and began molesting her when she was 8 years old. The abuse continued for four years and consisted of Burney touching the victim inappropriately and exposing himself to her.
"The evidence has shown this defendant's method of operation," Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring told the jury. "He grooms these young girls, builds their trust and then uses that trust for his own perverted sexual reasons."
The victim reported Burney in 2005, when she was 15, after watching an "Oprah" episode about child molestation, according to information presented in court. She said she waited to talk about the abuse because Burney's girlfriend also lived with her family, and she enjoyed the girlfriend's company.