Mistrial In Rape Case Against Martial Arts Instructor
DECATUR – (WAOK/AJC) – A mistrial has been declared in the DeKalb county rape case against Adrian Spellen. A 9-year old girl accused the Lithonia Taekwondo instructor of raping her in the office of his business last year, not once, but twice. The jury foreman informed the judge Monday, that they were deadlocked 10-2, and didn’t see any way of changing that decision. The victim did give a taped interview, played for jurors, where she described what happened. The 28 year old Spellen once an Olympics hopeful, testified last week and denied the attacks, ever occurred. Prosecutors pounced on his purchase of liability insurance insuring him against sexual abuse and child molestation charges after the alleged assaults occurred. “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,” Spellen said. DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney Dalia Racine told jurors Spellen chose to purchase that coverage instead of insurance on the vans used to transport his students. Spellen has gone through five attorneys since his indictment last summer. He was arrested in March after DeKalb Superior Court Judge Clarence Seeliger revoked his $100,000 bond for allegedly violating release conditions requiring him to stay away from children under 16 years old. Spellen may now be released until there is a retrial.