On Thursday, a jury convicted Cesar Solis, 43, after a three-day trial before Cobb Superior Court Chief Judge Adele Grubbs.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Odom prosecuted the case.
According to Odom, Solis was living with the victim’s family in Austell in 2012. The victim told police Solis forced her to have sex one morning while she was preparing for school and he threatened her not to tell anyone. When she discovered she was pregnant, she told her mother, and after a police investigation, Solis was charged with rape. The victim gave birth in June, and tests showed Solis fathered the child.
At trial, the defense argued the 13-year-old girl and the 43-year-old Solis were having a relationship and that there was no force.
Jurors ultimately convicted Solis of the lesser-included crime of statutory rape. Grubbs sentenced him to serve 20 years in prison.
Solis has been held without bond since his Dec. 25, 2012, arrest. He also had an immigration hold on his release.
He was represented by attorneys Matt Hines and Angelica Tovar-Hastings.
— From staff reports