Accused molester kills self at Ga. traffic stop

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PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. -- An accused child molester from Bloomingdale, Ga.,  fatally shot himself during a brief roadside stand-off this morning near Savannah.

Richard A. Wiley, 55, had been sought by authorities on child molestation charges since Saturday morning, according to Bloomingdale police Chief Thomas Gossett.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday, a Bloomingdale officer, driving an unmarked vehicle, spotted Wiley in a black Chevrolet pickup truck in Port Wentworth, Gossett said.

The officer summoned marked Port Wentworth police units; the truck pulled over on Georgia Highway 21 at the busy Interstate 95 interchange.

As officers approached, Wiley "immediately placed the gun to his temple," Port Wentworth police Capt. Matthew Libby said, explaining that for about two minutes, the police did their best to convince Wiley to put the gun down. "We're very lucky nobody else was injured or killed."

The incident shut down Ga. 21 for much of the morning.

Gossett didn't disclose details of the child molestation charges, but he did offer a grim assessment of the suicidal result.

"It's a terrible outcome, bad for everybody involved," Gossett said. "It's not what we wanted, obviously."

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freeradical
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freeradical 05/12/10 - 08:40 pm
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Whats done is done,the

Whats done is done,the paramount concern now should be to get these

law enforcement officials back over to the Port Wentworth Senior

Center right away , to bulldog, taser, chicken wing,pepper spray

etc,etc, any senior who might be tempted to pray either about this

incident,or even worse,tonights meatloaf.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 05/12/10 - 08:50 pm
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Sad on both counts!

Sad on both counts!

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 05/12/10 - 10:08 pm
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Since it was an accusation

Since it was an accusation not a conviction, I'm sure there will be a special place in he** for someone if they made a FALSE accusation and they meet their Maker and have not repented what they did. I'm sure reasonable people do not jump to conclusions that the accusations are true. Unfortunately, many people's lives are destroyed even when the accusation is false.

mahalo ke akua
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mahalo ke akua 05/12/10 - 11:14 pm
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Or he could simply be guilty

Or he could simply be guilty and did not want to be Bubba's best freind.

I don't feel good nor I feel bad..to each there own

FreeMyMind
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FreeMyMind 05/12/10 - 11:44 pm
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I feel bad for his wife and

I feel bad for his wife and extended family and for the victim of his crime. I would have never thought him to be the type of person to do something like this, but I guess you can never truly know a person. He was a coward for killing himself and although I should be saddened by his death, the only thing I am saddened by is that the victims father was not the one to pull the trigger. I wish I could share more details but I am not at liberty to do so.

cajunnana2000
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cajunnana2000 05/13/10 - 12:36 am
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No one knows what they will

No one knows what they will do if the are "accused" of something that terrible.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/13/10 - 05:09 am
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Suicide: The sincerest form

Suicide: The sincerest form of self-criticism.

mahalo ke akua
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mahalo ke akua 05/13/10 - 05:40 am
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suicide is a sin....I hear

suicide is a sin....I hear you Free and could not agree more...

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 05/13/10 - 08:02 am
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Wiley was "accused", not

Wiley was "accused", not convicted. Maybe he was guilty, maybe he wasn't. I can understand how someone would not want to face life under the cloud that a false accusation raises, or the hurt that being accused could create. Look at the teacher who was recently found not guilty of molestation, and how it ruined her and her family's lives. It's sad that Wiley killed himself and endangered others doing so. Maybe it's poetic justice and he saved all of us the cost of trying him in court and supporting him in prison for the rest of his life. But maybe it was a sad effort to deal with the horror of being falsely accused. We need to know more before we judge others.

backagain
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backagain 05/13/10 - 08:19 am
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No one knows weather he's
Unpublished

No one knows weather he's burning in hell or not,But in the end we do know this for sure,He'll be so busy shaking hands he want have time to worry.

Jane18
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Jane18 05/13/10 - 08:50 am
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No one is burning in hell

No one is burning in hell right now. The burning up part is not until after the judgment day. If you all would check out meanings of words in the Bible, you would know that at this time there are two sides of an abyss(chasm, gulf) in heaven, and all can see GOD. The burning and torment they feel on the `wrong' side is from great embarrassment and the knowledge they did not do "the right thing'. Check out Luke16:19-26

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