Augusta man pleads to reduced charge of misdemeanor statutory rape

A 19-year-old Augusta man accused of raping a family friend pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges.

Ikeem A. Taylor pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to misdemeanor statutory rape. At the time of the offense on May 1, 2013, Taylor was three years older than the 15-year-old victim.

Assistant District Attorney Joshua Smith told the judge that the victim and her parents were in support of the plea, but wanted Taylor to pay for the girl’s counseling sessions. Judge Sheryl B. Jolly included that as a condition of Taylor’s two-year probation under the First Offender Act.

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