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Augusta man acquitted of child molestation charge

Thursday, May 2, 2013 3:10 PM
Last updated 8:46 PM
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An Augusta man was acquitted of child molestation Wednesday.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury found Steven Sparrow, 40, not guilty at the conclusion of a three day trial.

Sparrow was held in jail for nearly a year while awaiting trial. He was arrested after a young teen reported Sparrow had molested her on Oct. 1, 2011.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/02/13 - 04:07 pm
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A year in jail

and Not Guilty.

It sounds like he served time and it wrecked his life.

What is the story - minus the name of the teen?

Are we looking at a weak DA CASE and a good defense lawyer?
Or was there some reluctance on the part of the teen, or teens family to provide details?

mommat
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mommat 05/02/13 - 04:28 pm
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Or maybe he was innocent!

Or maybe he was innocent! Believe it or not some people do lie to get others in trouble.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/02/13 - 04:54 pm
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That is true. People lie to

That is true. People lie to get others in trouble. But there should always be a thorough investigation. This man can't get his life back now.

Ben117
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Ben117 05/02/13 - 05:00 pm
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Defense Lawyer

The defense lawyer was Travis Saul.

v4vendetta
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v4vendetta 05/02/13 - 05:09 pm
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no pic of the proven innocent?

funny how the chronicle is eager to show pix of the guilty, but not the innocent....sparrow, sew everybody for the year of year life you lost....What, you can't post his picture if he's proven innocent? Only post his picture for humiliation and ostracism but not vindication?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/02/13 - 06:09 pm
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Augusta Chronicle has

Augusta Chronicle has absolutely no problem with ruining people's lives.

whyme
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whyme 05/02/13 - 10:18 pm
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Assumption

Yep, I'm sure that in this case and other recent cases of child molestation arrests, many folks assumed that the alleged perpetrators were guilty and deserved all of the insensitive,judgmental, and otherwise tactless comments, rather than wait until the judge made his determination. So here is this person who now carries the stigma of being accused of a heinous crime and despite being acquitted, will never really be free. While being acquitted does not necessarily mean that the person is innocent, it does mean that we must respect the decision of the court and allow the person to go forward with his life.

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itsanotherday1 05/03/13 - 11:46 am
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Dittos whyme

Add to that, this is the kind of thing that scares the bejeesus out of me. Assuming this man is totally innocent, he has been branded and ruined. While we are all hypersensitive to child abuse and child molestation issues; we need to be equally hypersensitive about the effects on a person falsely accused.

v4vendetta
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v4vendetta 05/03/13 - 02:23 pm
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wow

totally on board with the last 3 comments....really good. glad to see it's not just blood that stimulates some people, but justice and compassion for the wronged.

v4vendetta
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v4vendetta 05/03/13 - 02:25 pm
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and yes it's scary...

i feel the bejeesus scare too... men aren't perfect, but we aren't all devil's rejects either.

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walrus4ever 05/03/13 - 04:10 pm
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Dont assume he "just got away

Dont assume he "just got away with it", he probably is innocent. I know exactly how he must feel. 18 months on a prision road gang 45 yrs ago and I didnt do anything. Thank God his jury and and the State saw the truth in both cases.

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