The trial of an Adairsville man accused of committing more than a dozen sex crimes against two female minors in 2014 is set to begin in Bartow Superior Court this morning.
Prosecutors say defendant Bobby Charles Reed committed the alleged crimes between August 15-17 of that year.
In the May 2016 term, a Bartow County Superior Court grand jury indicted Reed on 18 charges, including nine counts of child molestation, six counts of sexual battery against a child under the age of 16, two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of criminal attempt to commit child molestation.
According to a bill of indictment, Reed is accused of touching the victims’ legs, buttocks and genitals.
Cherokee Judicial Circuit Senior Assistant District Attorney Sharon Fox said the two victims made statements to a forensic interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center, one of whom also produced a written statement accusing the defendant of abuse.
“I have also filed a recidivist notice in this case,” Fox said at a pre-trial hearing Monday afternoon.
Legal counsel for Reed requested a Jackson-Denno hearing before Georgia Superior Court Senior Judge Shepherd L. Howell, arguing that Adairsville Police Department (APD) officers lacked “probable cause” to detain the defendant on Aug. 18, 2014.
Judge Howell, however, rejected the defense’s motion to suppress evidence — in this case, statements Reed made to two APD officers during questioning.
“I will allow the statements to be introduced for the reasons cited by the State in their arguments, and the cases cited by the State,” Howell said.
While the audio of that interview was not played in court Monday, both the prosecution and the defense agreed that Reed clearly denied any accusations of sexual abuse while talking with the police investigators.
“The State had made an offer to the defense in the form of a plea negotiation,” Fox said. “The offer at that time was a 20-year sentence, to serve seven years incarcerated with the remainder on probation.”
However, if Reed is found guilty of the charges, Fox said the State will pursue a harsher sentence.
“That would not be my recommendation after conviction,” she said.