Man convicted of child molestation in Columbia County released from prison


A man who pleaded guilty to child molestation in south Georgia four years after being convicted of sex charges in Columbia County has returned to the area since his release from prison.


William Archer Stulb, 28, pleaded guilty in Glynn County to child molestation in April 2009. He was sentenced to five years in prison and 10 years on probation and was released Tuesday from the Coffee Correctional Facility.
He is required to register as a sex offender, and he registered Wednesday as living at a Martinez residence, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said. He is required to wear an ankle monitor.

Stulb pleaded guilty in 2009 to the June 2008 molestation of an 11-year-old Augusta girl while vacationing with her family.

In 2005, Stulb was sentenced to a year in jail for a statutory rape conviction stemming from a 2003 incident involving a 14-year-old girl when he was 18. That sentence required him to give 300 hours of community service and pay a $10,000 fine.

The law didn’t require Stulb to register as a sex offender at the time because of his age, but when the law changed in 2006, Stulb was required to register.

In 2008, then-Superior Court Judge Duncan Wheale resentenced Stulb under the First Offender Act, which eliminated his requirement to register.

The Augusta district attorney’s office appealed the resentencing, and in March 2009 the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that Wheale did not have the authority to resentence Stulb. The appellate court reinstated Stulb’s original sentence, including the requirement to register as a sex offender.

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