Martial arts instructor denies rape allegation

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A DeKalb County martial arts instructor accused of rape took the stand and denied he did anything wrong during his trial on Friday.

Adrian Spellen, 28, faces two counts of rape and one count of child molestation. DeKalb County prosecutors said he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl who was a student at his Powerkicks Martial Arts Studio near Lithonia last year.

Assistant District Attorney Dalia Racine questioned Spellen about the attack that police say happened inside the studio.

"You had to pull her clothes back on, didn't you?" she said.

"No," Spellen calmly replied.

"And after lunch you called her back again to do it again," Racine continued.

"No," Spellen said.

Racine pushed Spellen hard during questioning, even suggesting Spellen was lying about his lack of involvement in the attack.

"The easiest lie to say is that it never happened," she told Spellen.

"That's not, it's not a lie. It's never happened," Spellen responded.

Prosecutors asked Spellen, if he was innocent, why he bought liability insurance and added coverage that insures him against sexual abuse and child molestation charges after he heard about the allegations.

Spellen said Racine was reading too much into the purchase.

"You're making it seem as if I just went out and said, 'Hey, let's buy child molestation insurance.' No, that's not what I did," he said.

Racine pointed out Spellen got that coverage even though he didn't have insurance on the vans he used to transport his students.

"You didn't have to put that on your coverage did you?" she asked.

"I didn't have to, but I did," Spellen responded.

"So you chose to spend $500 to protect in case somebody abused a child at your facility versus protecting the vans that transported the children every day?" Racine asked.

"Yes," Spellen replied.

Both sides have wrapped up their cases and closing arguments are set for Tuesday morning. Spellen could get life in prison if convicted.