A Criminal Court jury convicted Eliot Russell, 38, of attempted rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery following a three-day trial.
The young girl, now 15, told jurors that Russell began the sexual assaults in 2007 when she was 9 years old and that the assaults continued until 2012 when she told her mother. The incidents occurred at an apartment on Airways where Russell lived with the girl and her mother.
Russell faces 8 to 12 years on each count when he is sentenced in May by Judge John Campbell who revoked his bond following the verdict.
The sentence for aggravated sexual battery must be served without parole.
The case was handled by assistant district attorney Abby Wallace of the Special Victims Unit (SVU) which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases cooperatively with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.