Child molester receives 5-year prison sentence

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An Augusta man was sentenced to prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to child molestation in Brunswick, Ga.

William Archer Stulb, 24, formerly of Lombardy Court, was given a five-year prison term followed by 10 years' probation by Superior Court Judge E.M. Wilkes III of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Miller said Thursday.

Mr. Stulb, who was previously convicted of statutory rape in Columbia County, was arrested in June and accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl on Sea Island, Ga.

Last year, Superior Court Judge Duncan Wheale rescinded the sentence he had imposed on Mr. Stulb after his 2005 conviction. That sentence included 10 years on probation and, because of a 2006 change in the law, a requirement to register as a sex offender.

Judge Wheale resentenced Mr. Stulb in early June under the First Offender Act to avoid the registration requirement.

The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled in March that Judge Wheale did not have the authority to resentence Mr. Stulb and reinstated his original sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms said his office could request a probation revocation hearing, but Mr. Syms said all aspects of the case must be explored before making that decision.

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

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/10/09 - 12:26 am
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When a freak decides he likes

When a freak decides he likes little girls, it makes no difference if he gets 5 years or 10 years or 25 years. When he gets out, he's going to get himself another little girl, immediately. Probation isn't even a word to the pedophile. Why would Judge Wheale take steps to facilitate this freak?

211lover
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211lover 04/10/09 - 12:42 am
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Looks like judge wheale may
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Looks like judge wheale may like little kids to.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 04/10/09 - 04:27 am
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Or more likely from what I

Or more likely from what I heard Wheale was a friend of Stulb's family.

dasgaslo
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dasgaslo 04/10/09 - 04:47 am
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211, your remark was uncalled

211, your remark was uncalled for, Judge Wheale has been known for many years as a honorable man. You are way off base.

christian134
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christian134 04/10/09 - 04:51 am
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Way to go Judge...This

Way to go Judge...This molester will be free in no time to begin again...Maybe next time around he will get, oh say, 5 years and 1 day with more probation...The law needs to change to life imprisonment or put on an island for the rest of their natural lives...No pedophile should ever be released...

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JENASIX 04/10/09 - 05:24 am
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Jurist Wheale is

Jurist Wheale is superannuated time for him too retire.

christian134
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christian134 04/10/09 - 05:46 am
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He, Judge Wheale, sounds like

He, Judge Wheale, sounds like he is following the same code many, to many in my opinion, of bending over to the extreme to please the criminal...I have heard of young, middle as well as ancient Judges hand down even less of a sentence to these evil beings...Age does not necessarily define the man JENASIX just their ignorance...Ignorance has no age limits...

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 04/10/09 - 06:17 am
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I guess too old was not good

I guess too old was not good enough? lol

christian134
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christian134 04/10/09 - 06:19 am
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Well hey there Hypo...Good to

Well hey there Hypo...Good to hear from your side of the planet...:-)

sgachief
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sgachief 04/10/09 - 06:28 am
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these sorry good for nothing

these sorry good for nothing liberal judges need to be jailed. child molesters should be put away forever never to see daylight again.

WAG
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WAG 04/10/09 - 06:40 am
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maybe next time he will get

maybe next time he will get someone close to the judge.

christian134
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christian134 04/10/09 - 06:43 am
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Yep and if that horror ever

Yep and if that horror ever happens that same said Judge will be the first to yell for the death penalty...

wise
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wise 04/10/09 - 07:07 am
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He has commited two

He has commited two offenses?? If he had the proper sentencing in Richmond County he should still be in prison not out hurting other little girls. There should be no loop holes for sex offenders they should all have to register. I think they should have to register even if they have just been accused and not convicted. Sick, sick world....

CKB
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CKB 04/10/09 - 07:08 am
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He should have been connected

He should have been connected up to Georgia Power. I can not believe a sentence like a slight slap on the hand, is appropriate sentence after one of the worse violations a child can face. (and of course for the family also!) When will these judges wake up????

getalife
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getalife 04/10/09 - 07:27 am
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William Stulb got 5 years,

William Stulb got 5 years, the little girl got a life sentence of pain, therapy, depression, fear, etc.

justus4
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justus4 04/10/09 - 07:40 am
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Ha! Ha! And this is justice?
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Ha! Ha! And this is justice? This guy will probably be back in the news by 2014 with average citizens scratching their heads wondering, "how did this one slip through the cracks?" Well, the answer is in your face. The prosecutor/judge looked liked the crinimal(same ethnicity) so the sentence was based on how to do the least amount of harm, while giving an appearance of fairness. Ha! The prosecutor & judge worked hard to get this deal and believes the convict when he says, "I'll never do it again." However, a minority would have had an uphill battle avoiding thirty yrs or life. The focus from prosecutors/judges would have been; Send a message of extreme. In this case, the focus is just the opposite; Try to save the criminal. And in this case, they have succeeded in saving the criminal, but what about the children?

christian134
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christian134 04/10/09 - 07:53 am
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According to your Book of

According to your Book of "What to do What to do Poor little Blacks" is this about all the children Justus? Sounds like only the black children deserve, yes deserve, a chance free from molestation simply because they are black...I suppose, from your elusive reasoning, that white or other nationalities do not merit the throwing away the key forever on these vermin?...Don't always be so dense in your thinking Justus...Most people who, no mater the ethnicity, having at least an ounce of humanity would want to see a vile excuse for a human being punished beyond what this individual received...Just not you Justus eh?...

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 04/10/09 - 08:01 am
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Are judges not accountable

Are judges not accountable for such grave miscarriages of justice? If not, why not????

triscuit
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triscuit 04/10/09 - 08:24 am
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Pretty sure Wheale and the

Pretty sure Wheale and the Stulbs were buddies from up on "the hill." Thankfully an out of town judge did the right thing.

toldya
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toldya 04/10/09 - 08:43 am
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ok- gets convicted of

ok- gets convicted of statutory rape and THEN arrested and sentenced for molesting a child? What on Earth was he doing out of prison. There are decent laws on the books and the Judge could've thrown the library at him, WTH? The most defenseless people in our society, kids & the elderly need better protection. Don't these 'legislators" get it? If the right thing can't be done by these victims through the "justice" system, then let the victim's family have the opportunity to serve the justice.

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change display name 04/10/09 - 09:11 am
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It seems to me that y'all are

It seems to me that y'all are mad at the worng judge. The one in Brunswick gave him the 5 years. The sentencing parameters are from 5-20 years in prison. The prior conviction for statutory rape would not have upped the mandatory sentencing.

augusta49
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augusta49 04/10/09 - 09:38 am
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Considering what he's

Considering what he's done....he DID only get a slap on the wrist. He should NEVER be allowed to breath free air again.
His buddies are just like him. They just haven't been caught yet.
Touching an 11 year old girl should be enough to put him in jail for the rest of his natural life....but our system had rather hand out the harsh punishment to people who run red lights, scalp Masters tickets, etc.

augusta49
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augusta49 04/10/09 - 09:44 am
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also, where is his

also, where is his picture????????????? shouldn''t they plaster it in the paper??????????? i guess some people want to spare him that much more humiliation.

merlin
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merlin 04/10/09 - 09:48 am
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211 that was a pretty ugly

211 that was a pretty ugly comment you made. Did you have one too many 211 last night? They are good huh?

SusieQ
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SusieQ 04/10/09 - 10:34 am
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Augusta49-- Yea where is his

Augusta49-- Yea where is his picture??? It should be plastered around town for people to see so we would know who this low lifer is. Wheale is probably to old to have small children but what if it had been a grandchild of his, bet his sentencing would have been worse. SusieQ

bree026
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bree026 04/10/09 - 12:19 pm
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Flush him down the

Flush him down the POTTY.................. DIRTY S.O.B

ramble
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ramble 04/10/09 - 12:25 pm
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Here's a link to a great

Here's a link to a great review of the case. Sounds like this Stulb guy is a real ja who has continued to get away with not only inappropriate but illegal behavior b/c of the "stature" of his family. It's unfortunate but true that justice in our society is not blind.
http://www.metrospirit.com/index.php?cat=121304064644348&z_Issue_ID=1101...

ramble
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ramble 04/10/09 - 12:28 pm
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getalife
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getalife 04/10/09 - 01:10 pm
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For once I agree with

For once I agree with Justus4. Too many whites and people with friends and relatives in high places often are given lesser sentences. Our justice system should be color blind but in many cases it is not.

disssman
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disssman 04/10/09 - 03:17 pm
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Who wants to bet that Wheale

Who wants to bet that Wheale is re-elected? Any takers? One thing we are good at in river city is reelecting good old boys because ???????, just fill in the words and any excuse will do for us.

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