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Lithonia martial arts instructor talks about trials and allegations

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Adrian Spellen faced two trials with two different juries.

"I was living minute by minute, second by second, it was the hardest thing," said Spellen.

He was accused of molesting one of his 9-year-old students.

"It really destroyed my name and what I had worked so hard for. I had been teaching children since I was 16," he said.

For the second time there was a mistrial, and this time the jury returned with a not guilty verdict on one of three charges.

"Words won't be able to describe how I feel," Spellen said.

The child was a student at Spellen's business, Powerkicks Martial Arts in Lithonia. The allegations cost Spellen his business and his chance at competing in the 2012 Olympic games.

"It was just an attack on everything that I had accomplished."

For Spellen, the battle in court was no different than a fight on the mat.

"I'm known as a fighter in martial arts, but I'm also known as a fighter for my life. This has been one of the greatest battles I've been through mentally, physically, spiritually, everything."

Spellen said he doesn't plan to open another martial arts school, but offers this advice to others.

"Document everything you do, never be alone."

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