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Posted on: July 12, 2023

Jury Finds Frederick Adams Guilty of Lewd Acts with Child

Office of the District Attorney - Stacey Eads, District Attorney


Today, a Humboldt County jury found Frederick Adams (43) of Eureka, guilty of the six felony charges brought against him by the District Attorney, including two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child against different victims.  Adams faces a sentence of over 15 years to life in prison. 

On May 13, 2021, 16-year-old Jane Doe disclosed to an interviewer with the Child Abuse Services Team that her father, Adams, had been sexually abusing her since she turned 11. Additional investigation by the Rio Dell Police Department uncovered another victim, Adams’ step-daughter, whom he continuously abused from the time she turned 11 years old.   

During the trial, jurors heard testimony from both survivors, now aged 18 and 21.  District Attorney Stacey Eads commends the victims who showed incredible bravery testifying in front of their abuser.

Adams is scheduled to be sentenced on August 25 by Judge Christopher Wilson, as he presided over the trial.       

Deputy District Attorney Luke Bernthal prosecuted Adams with assistance from District Attorney Investigator Ryan Hill and Victim Witness Advocate Caitlyn LaHaie.   Deputy Public Defender Zack Curtis of the Conflict Counsel’s Office represented the defendant.  

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