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Grovetown man sentenced to life in prison after molestation conviction

Posted: November 8, 2013 - 5:06pm  |  Updated: November 8, 2013 - 5:13pm
Ronald Wade Stanley, 45, of Grovetown  Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Ronald Wade Stanley, 45, of Grovetown

 

A Grovetown man accused of molesting a young boy will spend the rest of his life in prison.

A Columbia County jury convicted Ronald Wade Stanley, 45, of Millwater Court, on Thursday of 31 counts – nine counts of child molestation, four counts of aggravated child molestation and 18 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Superior Court Judge Michael N. Annis sentenced Stanley to two life sentenced followed by 600 years in prison, according to District Attorney Ashley Wright.

In the spring, 2012, a Decatur, Ga., man told Columbia County authorities that his 13-year-old son confided in his psychologist that Stanley sexually assaulted him. The boy told the psychologist that starting in 2007, Stanley involved him in masturbation, oral and anal sex and introduced to pornography, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The psychologist immediately contacted the Dekalb County Department of Family and Children Services. The boy hasn’t had any contact with Stanley since his April 27, 2012, arrest.

Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said that the sheriff’s office, as part of a multi-agency Cyber Crime and Computer Exploitation Task Force, seized several items including a laptop computer and external hard drive. Stanley was arrested the same day.

Stanley was held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond until his trial. A jury was selected Monday at the Evans courthouse. The trial began with opening arguments on Tuesday. The jury returned a guilty verdict on all counts on Thursday, Wright said.

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