Originally created 03/20/00

Trial of accused child molester set to begin



The bench trial of a Martinez child psychologist charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation and child molestation will begin today in Richmond County Superior Court.

Robert Bruce Craft, 57, faces 58 felony and three misdemeanor counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and 15 counts of child molestation in Columbia County. In Richmond County, he faces 45 counts of felony sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of child molestation.

Kay Craft, the wife of the accused, issued a public plea Sunday in defense of her husband. In an advertisement in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, Mrs. Craft invited the public to attend the trial.

"I wanted to have people know the truth, and I wanted to invite people to the trial to see how my husband has been wronged," Mrs. Craft said Sunday.

Most of the charges against Dr. Craft relate to photos seized from his home on Knollcrest Circle and his Wrightsboro Road office in 1998. Prosecutors say the photos depict children in lewd displays, such as urination or defecation, and are exploitative.

Mrs. Craft's ad, complete with a Web site address, encourages the public to attend the trial and hear their side of the story. The Web site gives their personal account of incidents before and after Dr. Craft's arrest and asks for contributions for his legal fees.

The Web site also maintains the innocence of Dr. Craft, claiming the case is "an excellent example of the frequent abuses of government power." It accuses District Attorney Danny Craig of "making statements that are not supported by evidence."

Mr. Craig said he had seen the ad in the newspaper Sunday but had no comment.

"On the eve of the trial I think it would be imprudent to say anything regarding the case," he said.


Reach Ashlee Griggs at (706) 823-3351 or newsroom@augustachronicle.com.

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