Child abuser gets 626 years for crimes

Edmund Adams

Edmund Adams

KINGMAN - Edmund Herald Adams' life as a predator ended Monday when Judge Rick Williams sentenced the convicted child molester to more than 626 years in prison.

A Mohave County jury found Adams, 54, guilty of more than 20 counts of sex crimes against children and weapons offenses last month.

Mohave County Sheriff's detectives began investigating the former California resident in 2012 after a woman reported Adams inappropriately touched her juvenile son.

The investigation led to search warrants served at Adams' Golden Valley home, which resulted in the recovery of pornographic images of Adams and his victim.

On Monday, Williams sentenced him to consecutive sentences following last month's convictions on three counts of sexual conduct with a minor, 16 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and one count each of child molestation, secretly recording another person without consent and misconduct involving weapons.

The weapons charge involved nearly two dozen firearms Adams tried to hide from investigators. He is a prohibited possessor.

All of the sex crimes are categorized as dangerous, meaning judges generally deliver longer sentences.

He was arrested more than 20 years ago and convicted of lewd acts with a child under 14 years old and was arrested in Mohave County in 2011 for failure to register as a sex offender.