Originally created 12/16/04

Judge sends boy to youth facility



A 13-year-old Edgefield County boy was sentenced in a Columbia County court Wednesday to treatment and incarceration at a youth detention facility after he pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation.

Brantley Corey Poston, a Merriwether Middle School pupil, was sentenced to 24 to 36 months in a youth detention facility.

Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan ordered Corey to spend the first part of his sentence at New Hope Treatment Center, a locked residential treatment facility for adolescents with sexual aggression in Summerville, S.C.

Corey was charged in Richmond County with aggravated child molestation involving a 6-year-old girl in July. While out on bond, he was charged with child molestation in Columbia County after he was accused of molesting a 3-year-old at an Evans birthday party Nov. 6.

Corey will not be released from the treatment facility without a court order, at which time the rest of his sentence will be re-evaluated.

His sentence also includes an additional year on probation, and he is not allowed in Georgia without supervision, Judge Flanagan said.

After the court appearance, William Eugene Lofton, 68, of Horseshoe Road in Augusta, was arrested and charged with terroristic threats. Columbia County sheriff's Investigator James Edmunds said Mr. Lofton retaliated against a witness in court proceedings, making an inappropriate comment to the 6-year-old victim's mother in the courtroom.

Mr. Lofton, a friend of Corey's grandmother, is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond, Investigator Edmunds said.

Reach Valerie Rowell at 868-1222, ext. 110, or valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.