Harlem man sentenced for sex abuse
A Harlem man was sentenced in U. S. District Court to 44 months in prison for sexually abusing a teen staying in the same residence.
Cody Neal Adams, 26, had earlier pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor. U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon imposed the 44-month sentence Wednesday, also ordering Adams to pay a $100 special assessment and to serve five years of supervised release following the prison sentence.
According to a release issued by the U. S. Attorney for Montana Thursday afternoon, law enforcement began an investigation after a 15-year-old girl's mother reported that in 2009, while she was living with a cousin, Adams had begun abusing the girl.
She said she had seen texts about sex Adams had sent to the girl, and the girl eventually had written a letter and then told her about his actions.
She said it began earlier in the year, when Adams started approaching her and asking if she liked him and discussing sexual topics with him.
Adams had touched her outside and inside of her clothing, the girl told law enforcement, including, on at least five occasions sticking his hand inside her pants and sticking his fingers in her private parts and showing her his genetalia.
He also texted her pictures of his genetalia, she said.
The abuse began in April 2009 and continued through February 2010, she said.
The girl told officers that, at first, she did not tell any of her family members about Adams touching her because he had threatened her.