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Augusta man sentenced to life in prison for child molestation

Friday, July 11, 2014 8:05 PM
Last updated 8:31 PM
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An Augusta man convicted of aggravated child molestation was sentenced to life in prison Friday.

A Richmond County Superior Court convicted Frank K. Jones, 53, of one count of aggravated child molestation. He was acquitted of a second count.

Jones was offered a plea negotiation in which he would have entered what amounts to a no-contest plea to child molestation in exchange for a maximum possible 10-year prison sentence.

Jones continues to maintain his innocence, defense attorney Bobby Christine said Friday. Jones served more than 20 years in the military and was in combat in Iraq, he said. Until the jury convicted him June 4, Jones had a spotless record, Christine said.

“I’m not a criminal. I don’t belong in prison,” Jones said to Judge Sheryl B. Jolly who presided over his trial.

Contrary to what Jones and his family said Friday, Jones is not the victim, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Smith said. His refusal to take responsibility for his actions in 2010 required his victims, now 8 and 10 years old, to testify, Smith said. He asked Jolly to impose the maximum sentence.

The minimum sentence possible for aggravated child molestation is 25 years. Christine asked the judge to impose the minimum. Because of his service in Iraq, Jones has significant medical issues and might not survive even the minimum sentence, Christine said.

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rebellious
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rebellious 07/12/14 - 12:03 am
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Witnesses

Two kids testified! Guilty as charged. Not sure the extent of the offense, but Life in prison????...... Dang. Must have been some bad stuff he did. So why not a charge of Sodomy or Rape? I could feel more angry at Mr. Jones if I could read between the lines better.

Bet he wishes he turn back the hands of time and take that plea deal.

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corgimom 07/12/14 - 06:02 am
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Here you go, Rebellious

Bond was set at $40,000 on Friday for a man accused of performing sex acts on a 7-year-old girl.

As a condition of the bond set by Superior Court Judge William Fleming, Frank K. Jones, who is charged with aggravated child molestation, must wear an ankle monitor to his job at Fort Gordon and have no contact with the victim or his estranged wife.

Assistant District Attorney Geoffrey Fogus said that the acts occurred in 2010 but that Jones’ wife did not report them immediately because she was afraid of Jones.

Jones’ wife spoke no English when she was brought from Colombia in 2009 and relied on him for support, Fogus said.

Fogus opposed bond on the grounds that Jones, a native of Puerto Rico, had family around the world and posed a flight risk.

Jones’ attorney, Ricardo Bravo, said Jones had no criminal background and served honorably in the Army, including in Iraq.

He also said that Jones suffered from several medical conditions, including hepatitis C and that Jones would surrender his passport if granted bond.

“He’s not a threat to leave,” Bravo said.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/12/14 - 06:02 am
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If he dies in prison, that's

If he dies in prison, that's ok with me.

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nocnoc 07/12/14 - 07:13 am
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1 way or the other

The guy refused a plea deal risking the sentence because he felt he was innocence and would be found not guilty ....

OR

He was going for broke playing poker.
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Regarding testimony of the kids...
while the article danced around the ages trying get every one to see 8 and 10, those were the ages 4 years ago.

So we are dealing with the word of a 4 & 6 y/o year old from 4 years ago.

HISTORICALLY
Anyone remember the testimony from the kids at that NC Day Care back in the early 1990's. The DA painted a picture of 2 to 6 y/o having orgies with the staff. It turned out that the kids were tainted in the way they were asked questions which planted false memories.

The staff was later found innocent on appeal when it came out how the kids were lead in developing their story by a social worker whom had problems her self.

While I am not saying he has been mis-judged or setup or did not do it...

I would say the testimony of 4 & 6 kids is not something I could convict on alone. because like it or not pressure by parents or other adults to say things always is possible if not likely.

Graymare
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Graymare 07/12/14 - 08:22 am
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There are some accused who are truly not guilty.

Think about it. If you are innocent, you have to take a plea deal, by lying and saying you are guilty, so you don't spend years and years in jail for something you did not do. And the court imposes the maximum sentence as if they are po'd that you won't plead guilty? What sense does this make? False accusations. It sure is a great way to get someone out of your life for good. How do some folks sleep at night?? Just sayin'...

billcass
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billcass 07/12/14 - 07:38 am
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Recantation

I have handled a number of these cases in which the "victim" recanted when they got older and admitted that they had been pressured to make the statements. You should always be very leery of the testimony of a young child.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/12/14 - 10:34 am
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Yup billcass, as much as I

Yup billcass, as much as I despise a child molester; I despise those who falsely accuse people of such even more. That bell is never unrung.

reader54
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reader54 07/12/14 - 11:06 am
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love children

I love children and really enjoy being around them. Especially when they are not mine and I can leave when I have had enough! I mean, where else can you find pure innocence and beauty? However, a man has to be very mindful of a potential nightmare. If accused, there simply is not any win scenario. You are scorned for life and unable to hide.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/12/14 - 01:15 pm
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"You are scorned for life and

"You are scorned for life and unable to hide."

And that is a low down dirty shame too. We have to behave fearfully because of the scumbags in life.

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Bizkit 07/12/14 - 02:58 pm
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He was convicted so the

He was convicted so the evidence must have been convincing, and why would his military service have anything to do with him being a pedophile? So I guess if he were a pastor and served in the military they would just set him free?

Darby
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Darby 07/12/14 - 06:57 pm
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Maybe the guy is as guilty

as sin and should be buried under the jail...

On the other hand, I can't help but be reminded of the infamous McMartin preschool trial when children were coached and prompted to give false testimony.

Some good people were ruined in that fiasco before the truth finally came out.

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