Three men accused of child molestation in unrelated cases received probation sentences Friday.
In Richmond County Superior Court, two teen-age girls were portrayed as the real guilty parties as Kirk W. Davis, 31, was sentenced for child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes.
Mr. Davis' family members and friends voiced their contentions that Mr. Davis could not be guilty of such crimes and his accusers are troubled teens who lie. Mr. Davis maintained his innocence and entered a plea in which a suspect does not admit guilt but concedes a jury would have enough evidence to convict.
Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Mr. Davis to serve 15 years probation and fined him $3,000.
Damion J. Washington, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation Friday and received a 10-year probation sentence and $1,500 fine. He admitted to sexually molesting two girls, ages 8 and 19, in April.
Mr. Washington, who went to the sheriff's department and confessed after the girls' mother confronted him with allegations, was recommended for a probation sentence instead of a prison sentence by the probation officer who prepared a pre-sentencing report for Judge Overstreet.
A third man, 19-year-old Shaun J. Perdue, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of two counts of statutory rape and received a seven-year probation sentence, with the first year in the state's detention center, and a $2,000 fine.
Mr. Perdue, initially charged with statutory rape, aggravated child molestation and child molestation for having sexual relations with three different 13-year-old girls, was arrested on the latest charge last month while free on bond pending trial on the earlier charges.
Although Mr. Perdue contended he did not realize the ages of the girls and that the acts were consensual, the latest victim told police Mr. Perdue used force and held her against her will.
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