Lithonia man gets life for raping, pimping 16-year-old girls

A man convicted of raping and sex trafficing two teenage girls will spend the rest of his life in jail, according to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office.

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Robert Tate, 30, of Lithonia was found guilty of rape, two counts of trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, two counts of pimping a person under the age of 18, and two counts of interference with custody, DeKalb County District Attorney spokesman Marcus Garner said in a release. Tate was convicted of the crimes last week.

Tate and Jamal King met a pair of 16-year-old girls in March 2014 who had run away from their Macon foster homes, according to the release. The men sold the girls for sex on the website backpage.com, taking them to various hotels in DeKalb County.

Tate choked, physically abused and raped one of the girls who was five months pregnant at the time, according to the release. She eventually escaped from Tate and reported him in December 2014.

Tate is being held at the Georgia Department of Corrections.

King pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 13 years in prison, with seven on probation, according to the release.

A third man, who was not named, is the father of the formerly pregnant girl’s child, according to the release. He is being held at the DeKalb County Jail awaiting trial for statutory rape charges.

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