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Augusta man pleads to reduced charge of misdemeanor statutory rape

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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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corgimom
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corgimom 03/29/14 - 06:48 am
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Before people start talking

Before people start talking about how he shouldn't be prosecuted for this, people should know that he was originally charged with rape- and pled down to this.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/29/14 - 09:43 am
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Sex is involuntary=rape. Sex

Sex is involuntary=rape. Sex is voluntary=statutory rape. So we still don't know if he raped her or not.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/29/14 - 10:22 am
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The victim is getting

The victim is getting counseling, so it makes one wonder if she was traumatized, which would suggest involuntary.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/29/14 - 12:46 pm
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Great point, IAD. So if was

Great point, IAD. So if was a real and true rape, why did ADA Joshua Smith give this guy a pass? Especially when there are men who only had pictures and are doing hard prison time?

corgimom
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corgimom 03/29/14 - 01:19 pm
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Because the victim and the

Because the victim and the victim's parents agreed to it.

Most likely they didn't want their daughter to have to go through the trauma of testifying.

And that would make perfect sense.

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gregleopard 03/31/14 - 12:19 am
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Rape Charges Reduced

I don't know the facts of this particular case, but what often happens, concerning victims receiving counseling in rape cases is as follows:

The youthful victim cries rape. She gets counseling. She later admits, after cross-examining by the defense attorney or prosecutor, when the prosecutor is prepping her for trial, that the sexual acts were consensual (even though still unlawful or even felonious because of the age differences). The parents are out hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars and ask at sentencing through the DA that the Defendant pay back the counseling sessions based on the theory that had the Defendant not had sex with their underage daughter, the counseling never would have been necessary.

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