Austell man receives multiple life sentences for sex abuse
An Austell man has been sentenced to two life sentences after a jury convicted him of multiple counts of sexually abusing minors. Luis Alonso Lopez, 50, sexually abused two minors between 2008 and 2017, according to Lindsay Raynor of the Cobb District Attorney’s Office. Lopez was found guilty of seven counts of aggravated child molestation and three counts of child molestation. The sentencing was rendered by Judge Ann B. Harris, who said Lopez “robbed (the victims) of their childhood.”
Lopez was first arrested for the crimes in 2019, after victims told Cobb Police they had been abused at a Mableton home. He was later indicted by a Cobb County grand jury in January 2020 on 11 felony counts of child molestation after two boys were allegedly molested over a period of at least six years.
The molestation occurred when the boys were about 8 years old, between 2008 and 2015. Arrest warrants at the time indicated that a 19-year-old had told police of the assault in September 2019. He informed the police that he was abused by Lopez from the time he was 8 years old until he was about 14. A 13-year-old boy also said Lopez abused him when he was 8 or 9 upon being interviewed by police. During his arrest, Police said Lopez admitted to performing sex acts with the older victim when he was still a minor.
The sexual abuse is to have taken place at a residential address off Veterans Memorial Highway in Mableton, not far from the Chattahoochee Technical College’s Austell campus.