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Augusta man gets life for molestation

Monday, March 14, 2011 2:00 PM
Last updated 9:55 PM
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An Augusta man was sentenced to life in prison after being sentenced today on charges he molested two young children between August and September 2009.

Superior Court Judge Michael N. Annis handed down a sentence of life in prison plus 30-years to James Paul Collins Jr., 38, of the 2000 block of Wrightsboro Road. Collins and Allison Cansler, 31, were arrested after the children reported the abuse. A search warrant of their home revealed a sex toy and homemade pornography that the children, ages 8 and 9, described.

Collins and Cansler were supposed to baby-sitting the children while their mother worked a night shift.

Cansler received a 40-year sentence of prison and probation on Jan. 13 for her part in the incident.

Collins was to stand trial this week, but after a jury was selected Monday morning in Richmond County Superior Court, he opted to plead guilty to four counts aggravated child molestation, three counts child molestation, and a single count each of aggravated sexual battery and enticing a minor for indecent purposes.

Collins had previously been convicted of theft and interference with government property.

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storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 03/14/11 - 02:31 pm
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No comment if I did I might

No comment if I did I might be banned from posting again.

chrisbd803
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chrisbd803 03/14/11 - 04:04 pm
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Hmmm Fresh meat... Im sure he

Hmmm Fresh meat... Im sure he will have fun in prison.

Newsreader
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Newsreader 03/14/11 - 05:30 pm
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I am hoping he is not the one

I am hoping he is not the one having fun, but that sicko just might enjoy it. God forgive me for I am thinking.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/14/11 - 05:50 pm
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"batter"= AC, I think you

"batter"= AC, I think you mean battery

Their sentences were not appropriate. It should've been life in prison without parole, and they should've been charged with Federal child pornography charges.

lovebugg
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lovebugg 03/14/11 - 08:03 pm
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Before you can say that the

Before you can say that the sentences were not appropriate maybe you should know more facts!!!!!! If the judge had not made his sentencing concurrent he would actually have to serve a total of 240 years & since he will only have to serve 60 of that he got off pretty easy considering he ruined the lives of those two children. Not to mention the things he did that were not heard in court!!!! He also was not charged with Federal child pornography although he did have video of the disgusting things they done to the children. He had 5 counts that carried life sentences & the other 4 carried 90 extra years!!!!! I don't care who you are or where you are from, if you do those things to children you should get life without the possibility of parole. I can guarantee that if it were your children this happened to, that thought wouldn't have even crossed your mind but since they were not your children who are you to say the sentence wasn't right??? Those children have to live the rest of their lives knowing that someone they trusted would hurt them in such a way!!!!! Not to mention did you take into consideration his previous felony charges??? Although they were not for the same thing he is still a repeat felon!!! That's OK though because he probably wont even serve the full 60 years since "prison folk" hate child molesters & usually deal with them in their own way.. it's just a matter of time before they find out what he's really in jail for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So before you say it was the appropriate sentence put your self in the shoes of the children!!!!!!!!!!

corgimom
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corgimom 03/14/11 - 10:32 pm
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Lovebugg, I have no idea what

Lovebugg, I have no idea what you are talking about.

I say the sentence wasn't right because it was way too lenient.

lovebugg
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lovebugg 03/14/11 - 10:50 pm
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Corgimom.....it wasn't

Corgimom.....it wasn't directed @ u... there was another comment that was there after yours but im guessing it was deleted bc it was a pretty nasty comment..so if it offended you im very sorry it wasn't meant 4 you.... I thought I had put the username @ the beginning of my comment.... sorry about any confusion.....

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 03/15/11 - 09:14 am
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They should never see the

They should never see the light of day again, sick.

FLgirl
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FLgirl 03/15/11 - 10:11 am
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This is another example of

This is another example of the blood sucking lawyers making a "plea" deal, and getting someone a lesser sentence than what they should have. And then you have the poor suckers who get more than they deserve (not necessarily molesters, just sayin) because the justice system is SO fair...(dripping sarcasm here)

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 03/15/11 - 11:45 am
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FLgirl - The guy got the max

FLgirl -

The guy got the max - life plus 30. Should his "blood sucking lawyer" or the DA have asked the judge to sentence him to more time than the judge legally could have? If you want to criticize the attorneys at least get the facts right.

If you don't like the time he got - blame the District Attorney. They represent you. This guy's attorney represents him (not you).

kmb413
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kmb413 03/15/11 - 12:09 pm
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lock him up!

lock him up!

scoobynews
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scoobynews 03/15/11 - 02:10 pm
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I am hoping there is a

I am hoping there is a special place in hell for molesters and child murders. Just plain sick!

lovebugg
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lovebugg 03/15/11 - 02:13 pm
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Realitycheck09...... actually

Realitycheck09...... actually the da did ask 4 more time.. he had 240 years total but the judge decided 2 run his sentences concurrent & consecutive so he only has 2 serve 60..... & his attorney wanted him 2 get only probabtion 4 the things he done.....

peachstate
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peachstate 03/15/11 - 02:45 pm
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Another sick person we don't

Another sick person we don't have to worry about

FLgirl
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FLgirl 03/16/11 - 10:09 am
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lovebugg - thanks...I guess

lovebugg - thanks...I guess Realitycheck wasn't paying attention...also, I think the wife should get at least the same, she is just as guilty

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/16/11 - 10:19 am
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At least no one tried to

At least no one tried to bring in a counselor to "straighten things out."

lovebugg
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lovebugg 03/16/11 - 11:22 am
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FLgirl.... I thought she

FLgirl.... I thought she should also but n her plea agreement she was 2 get from 20 - 30 years if she testified against him n court.... well she didn't have 2 testify bc it never made it 2 the jury so I think her sentence should b ammended but of course that wont happen.... its just a shame that u can't trust people anymore..... the mother is now a stay @ home mom bc she doesn't trust anyone 2 keep her children any more....

YankeeInvasion
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YankeeInvasion 03/16/11 - 07:49 pm
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Why are there so many people

Why are there so many people in the CSRA being accused of doing illegal things with children?

TruthJusticeFaithHope
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TruthJusticeFaithHope 03/16/11 - 08:14 pm
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I don't think there is an

I don't think there is an answer to why so many cases of child sexual abuse in the area... and yet, I am concerned that it is not only our area. Child Sexual Abuse is the easiest crime to conceal, and the most difficult to prove. Some pedophiles and child predators never get caught. Those who do usually have multiple victims. I will accept Life Sentences, and 40 - 50 years served because only a few years ago, some of the pedophiles from the region were getting 5 to 15 years.
Somehow, we need to protect children, but because the perpetrators are often known and trusted by the children and parents... it is very difficult. One more pedophile down... dozens to go.

lovebugg
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lovebugg 03/16/11 - 09:33 pm
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TruthJusticeFaithHope.... I

TruthJusticeFaithHope.... I agree with u 100%... the sad thing is u have 2 worry about drs... principles.. teachers.... preachers and or priest.... family... everyone.... the people that are suppose 2 keep our children safe & protect them r usually the first people 2 ssexually offend them.... its so sad.. & so many pedophiles threaten the children so they wont tell.... its sickening.... the people that have not been or will never b caught will get the best judgement ever on judgement day!!!!!!

KellyRay
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KellyRay 03/17/11 - 02:33 pm
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Not only do we as parents

Not only do we as parents have to be very careful and keep a close eye on everyone and everything around our children ... We also have to do the very best job we can raising our children. As a mom how do you even cope with the fact that your son or daughter could do something like this. I don't know about you guys but from the moment I laid eyes on my daughter I fell completely and utterly in love with her. She is mommys #1 I wanna be the best parent I can be, and instill morals and values in her. I want her to want to be a good person and have goals and ambitions. She deserves all of the best in life, our children are so very innocent and as adults who knew better HOW COULD YOU STRIP THAT INNOCENCE AWAY!!! Who do you think you are!!! I am glad you are in jail and I hope that's where you stay til the day you die.

KellyRay
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KellyRay 03/17/11 - 02:39 pm
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And did you see this guy!!!!

And did you see this guy!!!! he would have been the very last person in the world I would have trusted or left my child alone with for even a second!

ChkOutGirl
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ChkOutGirl 03/17/11 - 08:40 pm
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KellyRay - obviously my

KellyRay - obviously my truths about this guy were more than the paper allowed and my post was removed. I read their policy and we're not allowed to make personal attacks. No personal attack was made. The truth was told. Just as it was by the judge. Sadly, he will never even have remorse for what he did because his dilusional family thinks the justice system did him wrong and that he's innocent. I'm betting they'd feel differently if these crimes had been committed against them.

lovebugg
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lovebugg 03/17/11 - 09:50 pm
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@ kellyray..... actually he

@ kellyray..... actually he had known this family for years & had never ever done anything like that b4.... the children loved him & trusted him.. he was like an uncle 2 them... but then again it shows just how many people judge books by there cover.... any one could do this 2 a child... even if they look "ok" by everyone elses standards!!!!!! In no way do I think what he done was right but not everyone is bad bc of the way they look!!!!!!

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