Child molestation cases top court action Monday
by Jessica Loeding
Jan 14, 2014 | 1920 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County Superior Court began Monday with several pleas in Judge Scott Smith’s courtroom.

Benjamin Joseph Williams in a negotiated deal pled guilty to two counts of statutory rape, nine counts of child molestation and criminal attempt to commit child molestation. He originally was charged with two counts of rape, eight counts of child molestation, aggravated child molestation and criminal attempt to commit child molestation. The two rape charges were lowered to statutory rape and the aggravated child molestation down to child molestation.

He was sentenced to 30 years with 15 to serve in prison.

Also in Smith’s courtroom, Mieesha Kingstro entered pleas in a negotiated deal. She pled guilty to two counts of cruelty to children in the second degree, two counts of felony fleeing, driving while license suspended, reckless driving, improper passing, speeding and two counts of child safety restraint violation. Under the deal, the cruelty to children charges were lowered from first-degree counts and charges of driving under the influence and two counts endangering a child by driving under the influence dropped.

Kingstro was sentenced to 20 years, serve 12 months in jail.

James Daniel Wallace on Monday also pled guilty to kidnapping, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, sexual battery, two counts of felony obstruction and misdemeanor obstruction. One count of sexual battery and aggravated assault were dropped.

He was sentenced to 20 years with eight to serve.

Late Monday afternoon, a jury was selected in Smith’s courtroom to hear the case of Gregory Eugene Wilkey, who is charged with two counts of aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act, false imprisonment and battery (FVA).

According to the victim, Wilkey was agitated and angry when she arrived home from work in the morning hours the day of the incident.

She testified that Wilkey asked her for $35 to purchase a spare tire, but she refused because he had shown her money the night before. Because Wilkey was agitated and not acting like himself, the woman said she locked herself in the bathroom and called 911.

Police arrived but told the couple to separate and try working the issue out later.

The victim testified that she went to the bedroom to lie down after officers left, but Wilkey came in and began to hit her.

Visibly upset on the stand, the woman testified that when she got Wilkey off her back she made a run for the door but he punched her again before tying her hands together.

The woman said she convinced Wilkey to untie her hands and get her shoes in order to retrieve her inhaler from her car because she was experiencing difficulty breathing.

Testimony in the case will resume at 9 a.m. today in Smith’s courtroom D.

Molestation case begins

Across the building, the trial of Kyle Banks began Monday afternoon in Judge Carey Nelson’s courtroom.

Banks is charged with aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation and child molestation in an alleged incident that occurred with an underage male relative.

The now 13-year-old victim said he and a family member had stayed at Banks’ home the night of the alleged incident after a church retreat. He was awakened by a touch to his buttocks.

According to his testimony, the victim got out of bed and went into the living room.

Seven days after the alleged incident, the victim said he told his parents what had occurred after he found blood in his stool. He testified on cross examination that at no point in those seven days did he remember experiencing bleeding or difficulty going to the restroom.

The victim’s family member testified that he was awakened during the night when Banks attempted to move him out of the bed with the victim. He said he did not see or hear anything and was unaware anything had allegedly taken place until the day the victim told his parents.

Testimony will resume this morning at 9 in Nelson’s courtroom C.