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DA: Austell man sent to prison for molesting 11-year-old in 2017

May 17, 2019

An Austell man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for molesting a child at a birthday party in 2017, according to the Cobb District Attorney’s office.

Nicholas Scott Jannotte, 34, was found guilty of two counts of child molestation on Wednesday, according to Kim Isaza, spokesperson for the DA’s office.

The charges stem from a child’s birthday party, when Jannotte and the 11-year-old victim were in a backyard pool at a home in Austell, Isaza said. Jannotte exposed himself to the girl while she was underwater with goggles, then grabbed the child’s genitals, Isaza said.

The girl told her parents afterward, and police were contacted the following day, Isaza said.

The girl gave a detailed description of the incident during a forensic interview at SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center in Marietta, according to Isaza.

“It was quite clear that this predator waited for his opportunity to take advantage of this child, and that he thought he could get away with it,” said Assistant DA Ashton Murphy, who prosecuted the case with ADA Shep Orlow. “But this child was brave enough to come forward and face him. The community is safer because of her courage.”

After the verdict, Cobb Superior Court Judge Gregory Poole sentenced Jannotte as a recidivist to 40 years with 12 to serve in prison without parole and the rest on probation, Isaza said. Jannotte will be subject to sex-offender conditions when released.

Jannotte has been in custody without bond at the Cobb jail since October 2017, jail records show. Isaza said he will get credit for time already served.