Augusta man pleads guilty to child abuse charge

An Augusta man already serving a prison term for serious injury by vehicle pleaded guilty Tuesday to child abuse for giving his girlfriend’s 6-year-old a black eye.

 

Harris A. Flesner, 33, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to cruelty to children in the second degree and cruelty to children in the third degree. Judge Michael N. Annis accepted the negotiated sentence of two years in prison followed by eight years probation.

Assistant District Attorney Ashley Muller told the judge Flesner threw the boy against a closet and hit him in the face on Sept. 9, 2016. The abuse occurred in front of the child’s 4-year-old brother. When the child’s mother questioned the victim about what happened, the boy began to tremble and cry, Muller said. He said if he told he wouldn’t get the video game that he wanted, Muller said.

Flesner was sentenced in Columbia County Superior Court on Sept. 14 to 10 years in prison followed by five years on probation for being under the influence when he caused a Feb. 27, 2016, crash. According to court documents, Flesner ran a red light at South Belair and Oakley Pirkle roads and slammed into a vehicle driven by Linda Brown. Brown suffered fractures in her vertebrae and an ankle.

Flesner has a criminal history that dates back to 2003 when he was arrested for driving under the influence with a child in the car.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com

 

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