DECATUR, Ga. - The mother of a 9-year-old girl whom police believe was raped by her Taekwondo instructor said her daughter was traumatized after the attack.
Channel 2’s Tom Jones went to a Decatur courtroom Monday where Olympic medalist and martial arts instructor Adrian Spellen is standing trial. He faces two counts of rape and a child molestation charge.
Spellen is accused of sexually assaulting the girl at his Powerkicks martial arts studio near Lithonia last year. Last week, the girl told the jury how Spellen called her into his office and assaulted her.
On Monday, the girl’s mother testified how her bright and ambitious daughter went from confident to an emotional wreck.
"I was having a child who was up at night crying. She was having bad dreams. One dream, I remember in particular her talking to me about she dreamed that Mr. Spellen was going to take all her Taekwondo belts away because she told," the woman said.
Prosecutors also told the jury Spellen bought insurance to protect himself against sex abuse allegations after the woman told him she was removing her children from the martial arts school.
The defense argues there is no evidence the girl was raped. Spellen is a popular figure in the area, and protesters joined by community leaders turned out to support him when he was first arrested.