Augusta man convicted of child molestation

Walter Underwood

 

 

A jury convicted an Augusta man of child molestation Wednesday at the conclusion of a three-day trial.

Walter W. Underwood Jr., an ordained minister, denied all charges but a Richmond County Superior Court jury found no reasonable doubt about his guilt.

Underwood, 60, was taken into custody immediately. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Earlier this week, a 14-year-old girl told the jury that Underwood used the occasions when he baby-sat to molest her and her siblings. It started with touching when she was 8 years old and escalated into attempted rape before her next birthday in 2008.

It wasn’t the first time he had molested a child, another witness testified. When she was 12 in 2003-2004, Underwood fondled her, a young woman told the jury.

Trial opens for 60-year-old minister accused of child molestation
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