TERRANCE KING SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS FOR STATUTORY RAPE
Terrance Lamont King (34) of Eastman, Georgia was convicted by a jury yesterday (December 12, 2013) of one count of Statutory Rape, one count of Aggravated Child Molestation, and one count of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes in the Superior Court of Houston County, the Honorable Edward D. Lukemire presiding. He was sentenced this morning by Judge Lukemire to 30 years in prison, followed by probation for life. He will be required to register as a sex offender, and upon his release from prison, he will be banished from Houston County as well as all contiguous counties.
King was the pastor at a small church in nearby Hawkinsville, Georgia from 2010 until January of 2013. The victim and her family were lifelong members of the church community. In November of 2012, when the victim was age 15, King picked her up in his vehicle before school one morning, drove her to a hotel in Perry, Georgia, where he engaged in sexual intercourse with her, as well as an act of oral sex. The victim disclosed this to her mother several weeks later after an inappropriate Facebook chat between the two was discovered.
COMMENTS FROM ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY MARK W. ANTHONY: What makes this case especially egregious is the fact that the defendant was the victim’s pastor, someone that she and her whole family looked up to, trusted, and loved. He betrayed them and the entire church community by using his position to seduce this young woman, making her believe that they were in a dating relationship, and then exploiting her innocence and infatuation for his own lurid purposes. Given the abuse of his position of authority and status as a role model, we consider the sentence fair and just.
COMMENTS FROM DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE HARTWIG: The defendant in this case brought the victim into Perry from another community altogether, and consummated his manipulation of her here. The DA’s office will not tolerate this kind of abuse of a minor in Houston County.
Assistant District Attorney Mark W. Anthony acted as lead prosecutor for the case on behalf of the State. Mr. King was represented by Nick White, Circuit Public Defender. Questions about the case may be referred to Mr. Anthony at (478) 218-4810.
Jose Garcia, 47, of Warner Robins pleaded guilty today (Nov. 25, 2013) to one count charge of murder for the killing of his wife, Maria Garcia, on August 23, 2010. He admitted his guilt before Houston Superior Court Judge Katherine Lumsden, who immediately sentenced Garcia to LIFE in prison with the possibility of parole.
David Michael Clayboss, 63, of Warner Robins, was sentenced on November 14, 2013 by Judge Edward D. Lukemire to 25 years to serve the first 15 years in prison. On August 13, 2013, Clayboss was convicted by a jury of Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, Aggravated Assault, and two counts of Possession of a Firearm During a Crime. Clayboss was acquitted of a count of Battery.
Judge Lukemire sentenced Clayboss to: 20 years to serve the first 15 years in prison for Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, 20 years to serve the first 15 years in prison for Aggravated Assault (concurrent with the Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer sentence), 5 years probation on one count of the Firearm counts (consecutive to the Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer sentence), and 5 years probation on the remaining Firearm count (consecutive to the Aggravated Assault sentence, but concurrent with the other firearm count).
The case was prosecuted by Assistant DA Clif Woody. Clayboss was represented by Guy Womack of Houston, TX.
Houston County District Attorney George H. Hartwig, III stated, “The Houston District Attorney's office will continue to aggressively prosecute cases involving violence against law enforcement officers.”
Shelly M. Simmons Sr., 84, pleaded guilty to four counts of child molestation. The Warner Robins man, initially charged in November 2011, admitted to touching or rubbing episodes involving four girls who were 9 to 12 years old at the time. Three are now adults.
“This is an act that most of us just cannot comprehend,” Judge George Nunn said during the sentencing in Houston County Superior Court.
Under the plea agreement, Simmons faced a sentencing of probation to 10 years in prison. Both Assistant District Attorney Clif Woody and Franklin J. Hogue, a Macon attorney representing Simmons, said the sentence was fair.
“It didn’t surprise me,” Hogue said after the sentencing. “The only glimmer of hope he has now is parole.”
The father of one of the victims choked back tears as he described the “devastating” effect of the crimes. He told Nunn the sentence would impact “whether healing can take place.”
“I am financially, physically and emotionally bankrupt because of this occurrence,” he said, adding that is nothing compared to what his daughter is going through.
A representative read written statements from other victims’ parents and one statement from a victim, who urged the court to “make him suffer.”
“He destroyed my life. He has made it nearly impossible for me to feel comfortable and safe around anybody,” the statement said. “What happened still haunts me.”
A retired deputy division chief at Robins Air Force Base and an announcer for the Warner Robins High School Demons in the 1970s and 1980s, Simmons apologized to the victims and said he believed healing for all involved would happen “if we put our trust in God.”
“For those I caused pain, I seek forgiveness,” he said.
Before he apologized, Simmons turned and thanked several of his friends and family members who came to support him. Some friends spoke in defense of Simmons, urging the court to have mercy because of his age, his contributions to the community and his wife, who is ill and was injured recently.
His friends and attorney spoke of Simmons as a dependable, hard-working person. Hogue also asked the court to take into account the fact that Simmons pleaded guilty, sparing his victims the trauma of testifying.
Nunn acknowledged the defense testimonies, but “somehow all of that is overridden by what we’re here for today,” he said. “It’s really almost incomprehensible that a man can do what he’s admitted to doing.”
Nunn issued a 20-year sentence, ordering Simmons to serve eight of those years in prison.