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12 years dealt to online predator

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Stone Mountain man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to statutory rape and enticing a child for indecent purposes will serve 12 years in prison, a prosecutor said.

The victim’s mother said 39-year-old Roger Dale Adkins brainwashed the girl, 13, with promises of marriage made over the Internet.

Alerted by Florida authorities, Gwinnett police arrested Adkins at his home in July, where they found him with the seventh-grader from Tennessee.

Assistant District Attorney Marlene Zekser said the girl had been visiting her father in Florida when Adkins picked her up, brought her to Gwinnett and had sexual intercourse with her.

Adkins’ 12-year sentence will be followed by eight years probation. He’ll be required to register as a sex offender, Zekser said.

Adkins initially contacted the victim on a teen social networking site called mbuzzy.com.

“It’s unknown how long he knew how old she was, but we estimate about a month before the arrest,” Zekser said.

The victim’s mother told the Daily Post the case should serve as a cautionary tale. Adkins faces similar, pending charges in Florida and Tennessee.

“I just really want to raise awareness about what can happen to any child,” said the Tennessee resident. “It saddens me there are men in the world who think they can get away with this.”

Adkins charmed the girl for four months online and sent her a wedding ring and cell phone in Florida before picking her up, the mother said.

“My daughter fell in love,” she said.