Burglaries, child molestation charges net Austell man 20 years
An Austell man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert Flournoy after he pleaded guilty to burglarizing two homes and molesting a 12-year-old girl in one of them.
The Cobb District Attorney’s Office said Flournoy accepted a plea deal that will see Malik Antonio Rollins, 29, serve two decades without the possibility of parole, to be followed by 20 years probation. In addition, Rollins will be required to register as a sex offender.
Rollins pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, one count of aggravated child molestation, and two counts of child molestation.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Cobb police responded to a burglary call at the Chroma Park apartments, located off the East-West Connector in south Cobb, around 2 a.m. on Feb. 12, 2021.
A resident awoke to the sound of her bedroom door opening and screamed, scaring the intruder away. Rollins reportedly stole two tablets and was captured on Ring video cameras.
Two hours later, at a nearby complex, another burglary was reported when a man woke up around 4 a.m. and noticed his son’s gaming console was missing, and his patio door was open, prosecutors said.
The man then noticed the light was on in his child’s bedroom. He walked into the room and found a partially naked man sleeping next to his then 12-year-old stepdaughter. The girl mouthed “help me,” prosecutors said, and the stepfather retrieved a kitchen knife before removing the man from their home. The victim’s mother woke up during the commotion and called 911. She disclosed the man in her bed had molested her. She was taken to a hospital where it was confirmed that the intruder had sodomized and molested her.
Police later that day tracked one of the stolen tablets to an apartment, also at Chroma Park, where they met Rollins’ mother, and confirmed his identity. Rollins was arrested, and police found the stolen items and the clothes he had been wearing during the burglaries in his mother’s home.
At the plea hearing, the victim’s mother spoke on her behalf and how the crime affected her. Assistant District Attorney Kristen Judd prosecuted the case against Rollins.