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Curtis Paige

A North Carolina man convicted of molesting two children in Cobb County received three life sentences plus 20 years from a Cobb Superior Court judge on Monday.

After a weeklong trial, a Cobb jury convicted Curtis Lee Paige, 51, of three counts of aggravated child molestation, one count of aggravated sodomy, and eight counts of child molestation. Shortly after, Judge Reuben Green decided his sentence.

Kim Isaza, a spokeswoman for the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, said the state presented evidence that Paige molested up to five children, but the statute of limitations and “other issues” prevented his conviction on the three other reports.

The two incidents that Paige was convicted of took place between 2004 and 2008.

“The first victim to come forward was having behavioral issues as a teenager and finally broke down and told her mother what had happened years earlier while she was in Paige’s care,” Isaza said.

Isaza said that victim also told Cobb Police that Paige had abused other children years ago, and that she had witnessed the abuse. A second victim later came forward and reported that Paige had abused her while he was dating her mother, Isaza said.

That victim also reported witnessing Paige abuse other children, including the same children identified by the first victim.

Assistant District Attorney Meredith Florio, who prosecuted the case with ADA Rachel Hines, applauded the bravery of those who testified.

“They came into court as strong women now able to express the feelings of fear and embarrassment that kept them from disclosing for so long,” Florio said. “One victim told the jury: ‘I thought I would be able to forget by now, but I can’t and I won’t.’ This sentence ensures that justice delayed will not be justice denied for these victims.”

Smyrna attorney Kevin Rodgers represented Paige, who has been in custody since August 2016.

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