Lithonia man sentenced to life for molesting underage relative at family reunion

Eddie Dubose (DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

A 56-year-old Lithonia man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was found guilty of molesting a young relative.

Thursday, a DeKalb County jury found 56-year-old Eddie Dubose guilty on charges of aggravated sexual battery and child molestation.

The charges date back to August 2016 when Dubose's 13-year-old relative stayed at his home with her mother for a family reunion. Police say Dubose assaulted the young girl while other people were asleep in the home.

A few days later, the victim told her mother about the assault, who reported it to the DeKalb County Police Department.

In their investigation, officials say they learned that Dubose had molested the girl two months before the reunion.

After his conviction, a DeKalb County Superior Court judge sentenced Dubose to life in prison plus 20 years. Nineteen of those additional 20 years will be served in custody.