- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Fulton County prosecutors say a warrant has been issued for a Division of Family and Children Services counselor who was convicted of rape and child molestation.

District Attorney’s spokeswoman Yvette Jones says 39-year-old Earl Hopper was sentenced in absentia Thursday after he failed to return from a court lunch break. He was sentenced to life plus 51 years.

Jones says Hopper had been free on bond and disappeared Tuesday after hearing the victim’s testimony.

Jones says Hopper told the 14-year-old that girl he was taking her to a counseling session Nov. 9, 2011. Prosecutors say Hopper instead took the girl to his home, gave her alcohol and sexually assaulted her.

Prosecutors say the girl repeatedly asked to go home but Hopper refused to return her until she was sober.

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