“John,” who raped and physically injured vaginal area of 5-year-old, convicted
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the GUILTY PLEA by the victims’ mother, 25-year-old MORGAN SUMMERLIN, and the RAPE AND TRAFFICKING A PERSON FOR SEXUAL SERVITUDE conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 78-year-old RICHARD OFFICE.
On April 29, 2017, the two young victims, who are sisters, were living with temporary legal guardians because their mother, Morgan Summerlin, was jailed in Bay County, Florida. That morning, the 5-year-old and 6-year-old sisters said that while in their mother’s custody a man who they called “Pop” touched their private parts and “humped” the 5-year-old girl, causing her to bleed from her vaginal area. The victims told their guardians that their mother, Summerlin, took them to men’s homes to be molested and raped for money. In this case, the victims knew “Pop,” later identified as Richard Office, as a man who gave their mother drugs. The girls told their legal guardians that earlier in 2017 while, Summerlin, their mother waited in the living room of Richard Office’s Palmetto home, the defendant took them to his bedroom where he tongue-kissed both girls and touched them all over their bodies. The victims said “Pop” raped the younger sister while the older sister rubbed his feet. Afterward, Office gave the girls one-hundred dollars, and the girls’ mother immediately took the money from them.
A SECOND MAN, Alfredo Trejo, was previously convicted on February 26, 2018, for raping and molesting the girls in the same manner. The defendants, Office and Trejo, would pay the sisters after they sexually abused the girls, and the victims would hand the money to their mother, Summerlin.
On April 26, 2018, the girls’ mother, MORGAN SUMMERLIN, entered a guilty plea on the charges of CRUELTY TO CHILDREN (1ST DEGREE), ENTICING A CHILD FOR INDECENT PURPOSES, AND TRAFFICKING A PERSON FOR SEXUAL SERVITUDE. She will be sentenced on June 4, 2018.
On May 1, 2018, a Fulton County Superior Court Jury found RICHARD OFFICE guilty of RAPE, CHILD MOLESTATION, TRAFFICKING A PERSON FOR SEXUAL SERVITUDE, ENTICING A CHILD FOR INDECENT PURPOSES, AND SEXUAL BATTERY. Office was sentenced to LIFE IN PRISON without the possibility of parole, plus 146 years to run concurrently.
ALFREDO TREJO was previously convicted of RAPE, CHILD MOLESTATION, SEXUAL BATTERY, ENTICING A CHILD FOR INDECENT PURPOSES, TRAFFICKING A PERSON FOR SEXUAL SERVITUDE, AND AGGRAVATED CHILD MOLESTATION. He was sentenced to twenty five years in prison followed by life on probation.
The victims’ grandmother, TERESA DAVIDSON, also pleaded guilty to CRUELTY TO CHILDREN (2ND DEGREE) for failing to protect the sisters after the victims told her they were being sexually abused. She was sentenced to five years to serve one commuted to the time that she had already served, with the balance on probation.
Judge Constance C. Russell, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Irina Khasin prosecuted the case. She was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Earnelle Winfrey and Assistant Chief Investigator Donna Kimbrell of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective Brian Hergesell of the Palmetto Police Department was the Lead Investigator in the case.
DISCLAIMER: The term “John” is widely condemned by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and the child advocacy community, but it is used in this press release for the sole purpose of identifying and describing the nature of the crimes committed by the defendants in this case.
“The impact that this ongoing sexual abuse had on those children is tragic, and we are grateful that the jury held the defendant accountable for his depraved conduct.”
–Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Irina Khasin
“It is difficult to imagine facts that are more horrific than those found in this case. I am hoping these two little girls can somehow survive this abuse and grow into healthy adults who can lead a productive and fulfilling life.”
–District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr.