Jury finds man not guilty in child molestation case
by Jessica Loeding
Jan 16, 2014 | 3250 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Verdicts were handed down Tuesday afternoon in Bartow County Superior Court in two cases that began Monday.

In Judge Carey Nelson’s courtroom, a jury found 19-year-old Kyle Banks not guilty on all counts. He had faced aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation and child molestation charges.

An underage male had accused Banks of sexual contact almost two years ago while the boy was staying at Banks’ home.

Also Tuesday, a jury in Judge Scott Smith’s courtroom found Gregory Eugene Wilkey guilty of two counts of aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act, false imprisonment and battery (FVA).

According to victim testimony, Wilkey began punching her after she refused to give him $35 for a spare tire.

The woman had called police April 4, 2013, when she arrived home to find Wilkey agitated and angry. Cartersville Police Officer Jose Ibarra testified Tuesday that he and two other officers had arrived that morning, but because there was no physical aggression by either party, the officers advised the pair to separate and try to work out the issues later.

The victim testified that, once police left, Wilkey came into the bedroom and began punching her and tied her hands together. Once she was able to convince Wilkey to take her to the car so she could get cash and her inhaler, the woman fled the scene, running the block or so to the Bartow County Elections Office.

She was then taken to Cartersville Medical Center for treatment.

Wilkey is set to be sentenced Feb. 4.

In Smith’s courtroom, Kevin O’Neal Forsyth entered a guilty plea to simple assault. He had been charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats.

He was sentenced to seven months, but because he received credit for time served, he was released.