Convicted child molester faces years in prison

JONESBORO — A Byron man convicted last week of molesting a young girl in 2011 is set to be sentenced this morning in Clayton County Superior Court.

Prosecutor Deah Warren said Robert Christopher Edwards faces a minimum of 25 years in prison.

A Clayton County jury convicted Edwards, 30, last week on all counts of child molestation, aggravated child molestation, sexual battery on a child under 18, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purposes. He was represented by Macon defense attorney Frank Hogue.

According to court documents, Edwards molested a girl, then 7, in February 2011. The child made an outcry and was interviewed at Jonesboro’s Rainbow House, a shelter for abused children. The child told authorities Edwards molested her while threatening her with a knife and a gun.

Edwards was also known to carry handcuffs and told the girl to keep the abuse a secret, according to documents.

However, she began having nightmares and told adults around her about the molestation.

After his conviction, his bond was revoked and he was locked up in the Clayton County Jail.