Criminal Court Judge John Campbell sentenced Eliot Russell, 38, to 12 years for attempted rape of a child and 12 years for aggravated sexual battery. The sentences are to run consecutively.
Russell will have to serve more than 15 years before he can be considered for parole.
The young girl testified that the sexual assaults occurred over a five-year period beginning in 2007 when she was nine years old until she finally told her mother.
The incidents occurred at an apartment on Airways where Russell lived with the girl and her mother.
The case was prosecuted by assistant district attorney Abby Wallace of the Special Victims Unit (SVU) which handles cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims, rape and aggravated rape of a child victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases cooperatively with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.