A Columbia County jury convicted Ronald Wade Stanley, 45, of Millwater Court, on Thursday of 31 counts – nine counts of child molestation, four counts of aggravated child molestation and 18 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Superior Court Judge Michael N. Annis issued the sentence, according to District Attorney Ashley Wright.
In spring 2012, a man from Decatur, Ga., told Columbia County authorities that his 13-year-old son confided in his psychologist that Stanley sexually assaulted him. The boy told the psychologist that starting in 2007, Stanley involved him in masturbation and oral and anal sex, and introduced him to pornography, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office report.
The psychologist contacted the Dekalb County Department of Family and Children Services. The boy hasn’t had any contact with his molester since Stanley’s April 27, 2012, arrest.
Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the sheriff’s office, as part of a multi-agency Cyber Crime and Computer Exploitation Task Force, seized items from Stanley, including a laptop computer and external hard drive. Stanley was held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond until his trial.
A jury was selected Monday at the Evans courthouse. The trial began with opening arguments Tuesday. The jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts Thursday, Wright said.