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Ex-school janitor admits sex charges

Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:25 AM
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The first time a student reported that Reginald L. Price had fondled her, the solicitor’s office let Price go. The second student’s allegation against the school janitor was deemed insufficient.

It wasn’t until a third middle school student complained that Price’s hug turned sexual that criminal charges were pursued.

On Thursday, Price, 45, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two counts of sexual battery for what he did to the girls in Richmond County schools.

Judge J. Wade Padgett accepted the negotiated plea agreement and sentenced Price to serve two years in prison followed by eight years on probation. Citing the pre-trial intervention of Price’s first case in Aiken County, Padgett denied the defense’s request for First Offender status.

Price was arrested last fall after a student at C.T. Walker Magnet School reported he had fondled her on Sept. 4 at the middle school, said Assistant District Attorney Titus Nichols.

The investigation of that complaint led to the revival of a complaint in March 2012 by a Murphey Middle School student. She reported Price, a janitor at the school, had touched her in a sexual manner, Nichols said.

Investigators then learned that in April 2011 when Price worked at an Aiken County middle school, he was accused of fondling a child there. Price was fired. The criminal charge was disposed of with pre-trial intervention, Nichols said.

According to an earlier report in The Augusta Chronicle, Price failed to report the Aiken County charge when he applied for a job with the Richmond County Board of Education. As a special condition of probation, Price cannot work in any school system anywhere in the country, Padgett said. He cannot have any unsupervised contact with any girl under the age of 18, possess any image of a child in a state of undress, or possess any pornographic matter. He must submit to polygraph examinations, and he must seek his probation officer’s permission before moving or taking a job, Padgett ordered. Price must also undergo evaluation and any necessary treatment for sex offenders.

The law doesn’t require a person convicted of sexual battery to register as a sex offender unless it is a second conviction. Thursday’s conviction is Price’s first.

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my.voice
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my.voice 07/17/14 - 10:53 am
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Two years? Excuse me, but we

Two years? Excuse me, but we arent learning from our mistakes!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/17/14 - 11:12 am
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Only two years?

And no registration as a sex offender?
For attacking two MIDDLE SCHOOL students??
In one word:
WHY?????

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 07/17/14 - 11:12 am
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Prison

Send these sexual predators to prison for life. The children they harm get a life sentence.

grinder48
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grinder48 07/17/14 - 11:32 am
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Dixieman is right
Unpublished

I agree with Dixieman ... what the heck is going on here?!?!?!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/17/14 - 11:33 am
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A prior record and two years,

A prior record and two years, but a dog killer gets ten years. That really makes sense.

jdsgirl63
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jdsgirl63 07/17/14 - 11:48 am
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Disappointed in Judge Padgett

He admits to fondling students... NO sex offender registry for this pervert. Yet a 17 year old boy (or girl) who has consensual sex with his/her 15 year old boyfriend/girlfriend gets branded for life???

And people wonder what's wrong with America and our judicial system today. Here is a classic example.

chattycathy
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chattycathy 07/17/14 - 12:39 pm
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WHAAATTT?!

OMG this guy is a child molester!!! I can't believe what I just read! Must be a typo

PrayN4U
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PrayN4U 07/17/14 - 12:50 pm
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BULL !!!

This is Bull. Why in the world would the court system make such a horrible mistake? 2 victims in Augusta and 1 in Aiken. How many more that we don't know about? Two years? Eight years probation? Not register as a sex offender? So he move to another school and continue to do the same thing. Augusta's judicial system is sadly broken and need to be fixed RIGHT NOW!!!!!

AFjoe
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AFjoe 07/17/14 - 01:13 pm
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Two thumbs down

For Judge Wade Padgett. Is he elected for a term or is he another lifetime bench warmer.
Hope he had to look the kids and their parents in the eye, but bet he didn't.

billcass
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billcass 07/17/14 - 02:28 pm
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Don't blame the judge

The judge doesn't negotiate the plea deal. The DA does. I have no idea whether it was a good deal or not (perhaps they were going to have problems proving their case) but it isn't the judge's deal. Please remember that a lot of factors go into the decision of whether to accept a deal. If the government thought there was a chance they would lose, it makes sense to take the deal. A bird in the hand, as they say.

Pops
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Pops 07/17/14 - 03:52 pm
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The judge can refuse the plea deal

He should have buried this "man".......you can bet that these were not the only victims of this 45 year old thing..........

corgimom
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corgimom 07/17/14 - 04:19 pm
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The law is the law. For all

The law is the law. For all of you who object, contact your state legislature.

And for all the people who think "people make mistakes and deserve a second chance"- well, here he is.

The sex offenders never, ever change.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/17/14 - 04:21 pm
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And lots of people, when a

And lots of people, when a girl reports this, want to side with the adult and say things like "girls lie to get attention, and this could ruin his life".

And yes, there are more victims. He's 45, he's probably been doing this since he was a teenager.

billcass
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billcass 07/17/14 - 04:23 pm
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Not true

Corgimom: This is one of the great "wives' tales" of today. Statistically, sex offenders have one of the lowest recidivism rates of all classes of criminals. Yet people continue to believe that "they never change." The science and the numbers present a very different story. There is plenty of research to back this up.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 07/17/14 - 05:01 pm
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billcass....research
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billcass....research schmesearch....corgi is never wrong.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/17/14 - 06:47 pm
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Evidence from 61 follow-up

Evidence from 61 follow-up studies was examined to identify the factors most strongly related to recidivism among sexual offenders. On average, the sexual offense recidivism rate was low (13,4%; n=23,393). There were, however, subgroups of offenders who recidivated at high rates. Sexual offense recidivism was best predicted by measures of sexual deviancy (e.g., deviant sexual preferences, prior sexual offenses) and, to a lesser extent, by general criminological factors (e.g., age, total prior offenses). Those offenders who failed to complete treatment were at higher risk for re-offending than those who completed treatment. The predictors of nonsexual violent recidivism and general (any) recidivism were similar to those predictors found among nonsexual criminals (e.g., prior violent offenses, age, juvenile delinquency). Our results suggest that applied risk assessments of sexual offenders should consider separately the offender's risk for sexual and nonsexual recidivism.

redapples
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redapples 07/17/14 - 07:04 pm
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This deal is a travesty and I

This deal is a travesty and I hope the DA is able to sleep at night!

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 07/18/14 - 04:55 am
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2 years

The 2 year prison sentence may actually be a death sentence. Hard core cons do not like perverts and child molesters. He may be dealt with by his fellow inmates.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 07/18/14 - 07:58 am
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DA plea bargain?

Since when does a judge have to go with what the DA wants. "Old Boys Club" alive and well. Our kids go to school with the expectation of being safe. Parents do too.
Not only to we have to worry about perverts in the streets, but now in the hallways.
This guy shows a pattern & should have been made an example to others. Signal sent...sickos can work in our school system.
Some brainless school leaders want to expell a first grader for kissing a girl on the playground.

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jimmymac 07/18/14 - 06:41 pm
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One only has to look at our current court system to understand why criminals have no fear. Sentences like this and the judge in Why. who sentenced a teacher to 30 days for raping a student who later committed suicide. That judge said the girl looked older and dressed provocatively. Liberals who spit on solders now occupy the bench in many places and have made our courts a joke.

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