Bond denied in child sex case

Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 2:54 PM
Last updated Thursday, May 30, 2013 2:36 PM
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Charges in this case were dropped after a judge ruled there was no probable cause to proceed to trial. http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2011-02-17/sex-charges-dropped-against-north-augusta-man 


Heath Russell Wetherington, 28, of the 200 block of Altamaha Drive, was arrested by South Carolina Law Enforcement Division officers on Thursday on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

The incidents occurred between Oct. 3 and Dec. 16 and the girl was injured by the sexual battery, according to SLED spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons.

North Augusta Public Safety requested SLED investigate because Wetherington is the nephew of former Chief T. Lee Wetherington.

Judge Donna Williamson denied bond, saying she was not authorized to set bond for a charge that could carry a life sentence. Though Wetherington wasn’t released, the judge told him he wasn’t allowed near the family’s home, employment or school or day-care center. He also isn’t allowed to contact the victim’s family or have anyone contact them on his behalf.

Wetherington didn’t have an attorney present but said he had secured representation.

His next court date is set for Nov. 5.

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Quack Quack Quack
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Quack Quack Quack 09/03/10 - 03:37 pm
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This guy should NEVER see the

This guy should NEVER see the light of day other than through razor wire....

follower
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follower 09/03/10 - 04:11 pm
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If he's guilty, he should be

If he's guilty, he should be made to sing soprano.

LynxRHot
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LynxRHot 09/03/10 - 04:37 pm
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I'm sure he will be singing

I'm sure he will be singing soprano sooner than later!!

chebs1
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chebs1 09/03/10 - 05:33 pm
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I hate a child molester a

I hate a child molester a much as the next person, but let's remember in America you are innocent until proved guilty. You people sound like a lynch mob.

sliique
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sliique 09/03/10 - 05:36 pm
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IF he's guilty, he needs to

IF he's guilty, he needs to be in Protective Custody, before someone at the Aiken CC or State Pen makes him their wifee! Thats IF he's guilty!

gibzgirl
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gibzgirl 09/03/10 - 05:44 pm
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I'm having a hard time buying

I'm having a hard time buying this. If it occurred between Oct-Nov of 2009, why is he just now being arrested? Did he dump the baby's mom or something and this is her revenge? Had it been MY child, he wouldn't have lived this long had he abused my child and not been arrested yet..... Just don't get why the 10-11 month delay on the charges....

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dwb619 09/03/10 - 05:51 pm
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I believe this is a twisted

I believe this is a twisted tale, and perhaps the man is being painted with a broad brush. Ex-wives, ex-wives ex-husbands, ex-wives ex-mother-in-law, all with an axe to grind against the accused, who's family may be thought to be well heeled. As the old saying goes, follow the money, or perhaps in this case, the want of money.

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/03/10 - 06:07 pm
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IF he molested the child, the

IF he molested the child, the rest means nothing.

dwb619
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dwb619 09/03/10 - 06:18 pm
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What if he didn't?

What if he didn't?

cas77
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cas77 09/03/10 - 06:23 pm
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Key word here is IF. It took

Key word here is IF. It took almost a year to report it. Something smells fishy here. I agree with dwb on following the trail. Who knows where it may lead.

backagain
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backagain 09/03/10 - 07:39 pm
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If he did this,and it sounds
Unpublished

If he did this,and it sounds like he did,i hope they cut his nu.. off.Point blank.Any of you want to take sides with this loser.Step up and get served.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 09/03/10 - 09:26 pm
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Why the hesitation to Judge

Why the hesitation to Judge in this situation? The amount of time, may be due to wanting to be careful considering the charges.

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 09/08/10 - 11:08 am
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DWB is right on about the

DWB is right on about the ex's !! This case will never go to court and the accusers will be the ones defending themselves.

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/04/10 - 12:01 am
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Got it.

Got it.

mbnlovebb
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mbnlovebb 09/14/10 - 01:54 pm
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Augusta Chronicle needs to

Augusta Chronicle needs to get there story straight and reclaim a mistake they made on this story about being denied BOND! Last I heard there wasn't much of a case to keep him and he is out! Augusta Chronicle needs to hire some new journalists and maybe you need a new HR manager to get the job done!

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