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GA Man Pleads Guilty To Molesting Children In Cherokee County | #predators | #childpredators | #kids


WOODSTOCK, GA — A Georgia man pleaded guilty to several charges, including rape and child molestation of Cherokee County children.

Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace said on Dec. 9, 2021 Roy William Ray, 38, of Jasper, entered a guilty plea to rape, four counts of child molestation, criminal attempt to commit aggravated child molestation, and computer pornography. These charges stem from sexual abuse of two children in separate incidents in 2020 and 2012.

In October 2020, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Ray for rape and other charges after a child disclosed to her grandmother. During the investigation, another relative disclosed that Ray had raped and molested her eight years prior. Both victims were under the age of 16 at the time of the crimes.

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The victims participated in separate forensic interviews at the Anna Crawford Children’s Center in Woodstock, where they provided detailed accounts of what Ray had done to them.

“Sexual predators take advantage of vulnerable children, then threaten them into silence,” said Assistant District Attorney Leyna Pope, who prosecuted this case on behalf of the state. “This defendant told the first victim that she would lose her family and home if she ever told anyone about the abuse. She was afraid to tell authorities what this defendant had done to her and, but for the courage of another child coming forward, he would never have been held accountable for his actions.”

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At the conclusion of the plea hearing, Cherokee County Chief Judge Ellen McElyea accepted Ray’s negotiated guilty plea, then sentenced him to 20 years without the possibility of parole, followed by life on probation. After his release from prison, Ray is prohibited from contacting the victims or the victims’ family members and must adhere to sex offender special conditions.

“This defendant stole the innocence of two innocent children, likely causing long-term psychological harm,” Wallace said. “We are so proud of these young victims for standing up for themselves and helping ensure that this predator is now in a place where he cannot hurt young children.”

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