Man gets 10-year prison sentence for statutory rape
by Shaka S. Lias
Jan 26, 2011 | 4546 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Judge Scott Smith said he appreciated an apology from a man sentenced in a statutory rape case Tuesday morning in Bartow Superior Court.

Robert Andrew Golden, 34, was sentenced to 25 years, 10 to serve in prison and the remainder on probation, after he plead guilty in the July 2008 incident.

Golden apologized during the non-jury plea. Judge Smith said him apologizing shows that he acknowledges that he did something wrong, but the real apology should have been to the victim.

According to an indictment, the victim was under 16 years old when the incident happened.

Attorneys for the state said the victim went to Golden's house with a friend on the date the incident took place.

"The victim's friend heard what was going on and tried to get her out the room," the attorney said.

In addition to the statutory rape charge, Golden also was charged with child molestation, simple battery and battery.

His sentences will run concurrent with the statutory rape charge. In addition, he must pay a $1,000 fine and follow strict sex offender guidelines once released.

One guideline is that he cannot reside with any children under the age of 18, but Smith said he would modify that and allow Golden to reside with his two biological children. Smith said this was not a pedophile issue.

However, he did have some strong words for Golden, telling him he should have been a responsible adult.

"There is a huge gap in age between you and the victim," Smith said. "One has to be responsible and be careful in the day and time we live in. Kids grow up fast."

Golden has been incarcerated since December and will be given credit for time served. Smith said he could have served up to 53 years in prison for the crime.

The victim's mother, who was in court, was asked if she had anything to say. She declined, but did say she had a letter for Golden. Judge Smith instructed her to give the letter to Golden's lawyer who would review it first.