Travis McCauley, 33, will be on probation for life as a sex offender upon his release, as required by his guilty plea to aggravated child molestation. He also pleaded guilty to reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person and attempted child molestation.
McCauley expressed remorse and apologized for his actions at sentencing, particularly for exposing a child who was 15 at the time to HIV. Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms said several tests indicate the teenager did not contract the virus, which is a precursor to AIDS.
“You could have given that child a death sentence,” Superior Court Judge Sheryl Jolly said.
McCauley, who was affiliated with the CSRA All Star Band, met the victim through a mutual friend and gave him music lessons at his home. The adolescent’s father was tipped off to the inappropriate contact through instant messages discovered on a home computer, Syms said.
A forensic interview with the victim by a Richmond County sheriff’s investigator revealed four sexual encounters between McCauley and the victim in March and April 2011. The first happened in an empty VIP box at James Brown Arena when McCauley took the adolescent to the circus. Later that night, he smoked marijuana with the boy and performed oral sex on him, Syms said.
Syms said the two other incidents happened at McCauley’s home during music instruction.
“They all considered Mr. McCauley a friend, and for that they were doubly troubled by the case,” Syms said.
A second victim received explicit text messages from McCauley, but no contact occurred between them, Syms said.