A former preparatory school teacher who served as a mentor to trouble youth was given three life sentences plus 10 years for molesting them.
A DeKalb County jury deliberated for more than 20 hours before finding Mr. Casey Thomas, 37, guilty on Friday of 17 of 18 indictments that include aggravated child molestation, cruelty to children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the district attorney’s office.
Prosecutors said Mr. Casey molested a number of teen boys while serving a mentor to trouble youth at Miller Preparatory Academy in 2009 and 2010.
“These families will forever be changed,” said Assistant District Attorney Ms. Donna Stribling said. “Casey Thomas manipulated and preyed upon children who were looking for a role model and in need of a strong father figure. What they found was a monster and a pedophile.”
Mr. Thomas did not have a college degree or any formal certifications, but was still hired to work as a teacher at the academy where he met and sexually assaulted his victims.
“He is a predator and rightfully deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars,” District Attorney Mr. Robert James said. “This sentence sends a loud message that child molestation will not be tolerated in DeKalb County. Hopefully, this sentence will begin the healing process for the victims and their family members”
A number of jurors wiped tears away from their eyes as family members addressed Judge Hunter during sentencing.
“There is no amount of time behind bars that will erase the stain of injustice these young victims had to endure by Casey Thomas,” Mr. James said.
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