A Rockmart man already on probation for child molestation was back in court Thursday to face more charges in Douglas County.
Samuel Joseph Stroupe, 28, was charged with rape and three counts of child molestation. Stroupe told the judge he is on probation in Paulding County for child molestation. He is also apparently waiting to go to court in Paulding County for aggravated child molestation.
According to the Douglas County warrant, the incidents occurred between Sept. 8 and June 9, 2010 at a residence on Bright Star Road. One incident, which involved inappropriate touching, reportedly occurred while Stroupe sat on the couch under a blanket with the 13-year-old victim.
Another incident allegedly occurred when he surprised the victim while in the kitchen. When she turned around in a corner, Stroupe reportedly forced himself upon her and kissed her on the mouth.
The rape apparently occurred when the victim was 13 and 14 years old. Stroupe is accused of entering the victim’s room while she was sleeping and forcing himself on her. The rape was repeated two to three times a week for several months, according to the warrant.
“This gentleman committed these crimes in two counties multiple times and we’ve received information that it may be multiple victims,” Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Howell said.
Assistant District Attorney Tom Kegley requested no bond on behalf of the state.
“Obviously these charges are serious and graphic and it does appear that this was an ongoing situation, both in Paulding County and here,” Kegley said. “He’s already been convicted apparently in Paulding of something along these lines (and) I believe with the same victim. It does appear he has pending aggravated child molestation charges in Paulding County. Maybe that’s the new victim that I’m not aware of at this point. Bottom line is this individual has a likelihood to commit felonies is he’s released.”
Stroupe told the judge he wants to get out of jail because his mom has terminal cancer.
“I want to spend as much time as I can with her and to get better representation,” he said.
Caldwell denied bond, saying Stroupe is likely to commit a felony and a danger to the victim.