Originally created 12/31/98

Convict faces charges



An Augusta man previously convicted of exploiting a minor has been reindicted on charges of sexually exploiting and abusing teen-age boys.

The Richmond County grand jury issued a new indictment Tuesday against Terrance Lynn Wilcher, 48, including a total of 20 criminal charges of child molestation, sexual exploitation of children and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Mr. Wilcher has been held without bond since his arrest in July.

His Richmond County Superior Court trial set for Monday probably will be postponed because of the new indictment.

The new charges accuse Mr. Wilcher of luring three teen-age boys to his home in March 1995, April 1996 and April 1997, where the youths were videotaped and photographed in sexually explicit poses. Mr. Wilcher is also accused of fondling the teen-agers.

In addition, Mr. Wilcher faces additional charges in the new indictment for allegedly having videotapes, photographs and computer images of minors in sexually explicit poses and engaged in sexual acts.

Mr. Wilcher previously was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1988 in North Augusta for sexual exploitation of a teen-age boy.

He served two years before his release on probation.

He also served a prison sentence on similar charges in 1973 in Washington state.

Twenty years later in Augusta, police raided Mr. Wilcher's home and arrested him on charges of sexual exploitation of children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but those charges were dismissed.

Sandy Hodson covers courts for The Augusta Chronicle. She can be reached at (706) 832-3226 or newsroom@augustachronicle.com.