Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA


September 19, 2012

Wilcox man sentenced to 40 years for child molestation

Abbeville — ABBEVILLE — A 38-year-old Wilcox County man has been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment — 35 of them to be served — after being found guilty on several counts of child molestation and aggravated child molestation. The crimes occurred between April, 2009, and Dec., 2010.

Cordele Judicial Circuit Court District Attorney Denise Fachini said jury selection for the trial of Reuben Amory Futch III began the Tuesday after Labor Day in the August term of Wilcox County Superior Court.

During 2 1/2 days of testimony several witnesses — one of them the pre-teen victim — were called by Fachini’s chief assistant, Barbara Becraft, who prosecuted the case. The defendant was the only person to testify on his behalf.

After deliberating on Friday for about 1 1/2 hours, jurors returned guilty verdicts against Futch for one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes and two counts each of child molestation and aggravated child molestation.

Judge Robert W. Chasteen then imposed sentence on the defendant who as of this past Monday still was housed in jail here while awaiting transfer to a state prison.

“We want to acknowledge the importance that teachers play in the lives of children,” Fachini said in reflecting upon a key factor that led to charges being filed against the offender.

“The child involved in this case had incredible support from people she trusted and loved including educators with the Wilcox County school system.”


Text Only
Local news
Remembering the sacrifice

Jesus and Me Fest 2014

Local Sports
Online Extras
Business Marquee
Must Read
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
House Ads
Weather Radar
Video Gallery
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Seasonal Content

Will you be following the Olympic Games?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Only some events
     View Results