Former Cobb County GOP leader sentenced in child sex abuse case

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By: Associated Press
June 19, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Republican leader in Georgia was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing children.

Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds says 72-year-old Joseph Dendy admitted committing repeated sexual offenses against two boys. The crimes occurred between 2004 and 2011 at Dendy's home, his church, and in a store dressing room.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Dendy pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to life in prison. He must serve at least 30 years.

Dendy was chairman of the Cobb County Republican Party from 2011 to 2015.

One victim, now an adult, said in court that he has nightmares of the abuse and became a military police officer to help other victims.