Travaris Adams insisted for nearly a year that he wasn’t guilty of molesting a girl, even in the face of DNA evidence which proved he impregnated a 13-year-old, but Adams wanted to know Monday if he could have a relationship with the child after he completes his sentence.
In Richmond County Superior Court, Adams accepted a plea agreement that he previously, repeatedly rejected. Judge John Flythe accepted the agreement and sentenced Adams, 25, to seven years in prison followed by three years on probation.
Conditions of the sentence include not contacting the victim or her child, and to waive his right to custody. Adams asked the judge if he could contact the child after he completes his sentence. He could because he would no longer be under the judge’s control, Flythe said, unless the baby’s mother moves to terminate his parental rights.
Adams has been in jail since his arrest last February, not long after the results of the DNA testing proved Adams was the biological father of the victim’s child. Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers told the judge that the victim didn’t disclose what Adams had done between October and November 2014 until the pregnancy was discovered.
She was back in court Monday, again brought from her home in Florida. “I want him to accept what he did was wrong,” the teen wrote in a statement read Monday by her legal guardian.
Defense attorney Jason Hasty asked the judge to show Adams consideration for his guilty plea which spared the victim from having to testify.
Adams will have to register as a sex offender when released from prison.
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