Former police officer Gregory Allen Graham, 34, pleaded guilty in Coweta Superior Court Friday morning to charges that include incest, child molestation, possession of narcotics and criminal attempt to suborn perjury.
admittedly had an ongoing sexual relationship with a female relative that began in November 2007 when the victim was 14 years old.
Judge Jack Kirby accepted Assistant District Attorney Kevin McMurry's plea recommendation and sentenced Graham to 30 years with 18 years to serve in prison confinement on the charge of incest.
Upon release, Graham
must register as a sex offender.
Kirby sentenced Graham
to prison time on each of the criminal charges in the 15-count indictment, all to run concurrently.
was ushered -- shackled -- into court, the victim burst into tears.
never showed emotion or looked around the room.
An elevated police presence was on hand for the plea hearing.
Noticeably absent from the proceedings were Graham's mother and father.
Graham's father, Charles, a retired captain from the Fulton County Police Department
, was arrested on July 10, 2008, and charged with criminal attempt to suborn perjury and false swearing after he
son get in touch with the victim.
The two have been present at all of Graham
's court proceedings, even when Graham wasn't.
did not deny the facts in the case as presented by McMurry in court Friday.
According to McMurry, Graham
began having sexual intercourse with the victim three to four times per week in November 2007.
also absconded to Florida while out of jail on bond in November.
Graham was located over the Thanksgiving holiday because of the efforts of Coweta Sheriff's investigators Jason Fetner and Matt Kee.
was extradited back to Coweta County on Dec. 2.
The victim's mother told the court Friday morning, "Our lives will never be the same after this past year."
"I have witnessed what I would not wish on my worst enemy," she
"I watch [the victim] carry guilt for Greg
every day of her
added, "we will survive."
The victim shared her
emotional testimony and discussed the difficult journey of healing that lies ahead.
"I've lost everything I once had," the victim said.
"I'm not doing this to prosecute him," she
said, adding that she's
telling the truth because it's the right thing to do.
But the victim told the court that she
wonders how she's
going to survive each day.
"I'm going through the exact same thing [as Graham]," said the victim, adding that the only difference is that she
won't be criminally prosecuted.
The victim said she
got "caught up in what he
For a while, she
"defended him," but later realized that he
"wasn't returning the favor."
At one point, Graham
to tell the court that she
was insane, according to the victim.
concluded by saying that she
ultimately seeks to forgive Graham
, not hate him.
declined to make a comment when given the opportunity to address the court.