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Georgia Man Flees Courthouse During Child Rape Trial Just Ahead of Conviction

A Georgia man is on the run after facing trial for child rape and molestation.

45-year-old Don Martin, a former minister, fled from a courthouse in Atlanta just before his sentence was handed down on Tuesday. Five days of testimony had just concluded but Martin did not return to the trial for closing arguments.

Martin, who was a minister at the Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ, was facing charges after being accused of sexually assault a girl between the time she was seven and thirteen years old. He was ultimately found guilty on charges of rape and sexual battery.

Martin’s investigation dates back to 2011 when police were contacted about inappropriate touching allegations, but it was not until recently that more concrete information was available and he went to trial.

The sentencing for Martin is currently on hold because the victim has requested to address Martin during the sentencing testimony proceedings.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office says Martin’s whereabouts are unknown.

Jessica Szilagyi is a former Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com.

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