LANCASTER – The sentencing of a convicted child molester, who sexually abused a Lancaster girl for seven years upon his release from prison, has been postponed to allow for a mental competency evaluation.
Greg Anthony Adrian was expected to be sentenced Tuesday to 25 years to life in state prison for repeatedly molesting a young relative, from the time she was in kindergarten until she was 12-years-old. At the scheduled sentencing hearing in an Antelope Valley courtroom, Adrian told the judge he was “probably possessed” and denied the crimes.
“I guess that’s what I’m being accused of… I did not do those crimes,” Adrian told L.A. Superior Court Judge Charles Chung. Adrian rambled incoherently – at one point saying he was probably possessed – but then he ended his rant with, “never mind.”
Adrian’s defense attorney said his client had tried to commit suicide and was possibly incompetent. Judge Chung ultimately agreed to postpone sentencing until December so that Adrian could undergo a mental competency evaluation.
Adrian, 44, has a history of child sex crimes dating back to 1995 and a history of fleeing law enforcement, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami.
Adrian was previously convicted of molesting a 6-year-old female relative numerous times between February 1, 1995 and February 24, 1996, according to the prosecutor. When charged in that case, Adrian initially fled law enforcement, but he was captured after a local high speed chase, Hatami said. Adrian was ultimately convicted of lewd acts with a child under 14, sentenced to three years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
After his release from state prison, Adrian was accused of more sex crimes with another young female relative. Adrian was charged with sexually abusing the girl from 2000 to 2007 – from the time the girl was in kindergarten until she was 12-years-old, the prosecutor said.
Adrian was also charged with physically assaulting the girl. That charge stemmed from an incident on Nov. 8, 2007, when Adrian allegedly hit the child over the head with a telephone to prevent her from calling 9-1-1, according to the prosecutor. That same day, the girl reported the physical assault and the prior sexual abuse to a Lancaster middle school teacher, the prosecutor said.
When authorities moved to arrest Adrian, he fled the state of California. In June of 2008, Adrian was featured on the national television show, “America’s Most Wanted.”
Still, Adrian remained on the run until 2013, when authorities caught up to him in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Flagstaff police arrested Adrian for forgery, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and having a fictitious California driver’s license, Hatami said.
In August of 2013, Adrian was transported back to California for prosecution. He faced several felony charges, including lewd acts with a child, continuous sexual abuse of a minor, inflicting corporal injury on a child, dissuading a witness, and multiple felony counts for failing to register as a sex offender during his six years on the lam.
On the eve of jury selection, Adrian agreed to a plea deal. He pleaded no contest on October 14 to lewd or lascivious acts with a child and admitted the special allegation that he had a prior child molestation conviction. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the remaining felony counts, and Adrian would be sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison.
The sentencing hearing has now been postponed to Dec. 4, 2014.