Macon – Bibb County jurors deliberated for less than two hours Wednesday before convicting a Macon man in the 2016 molestation of an 11-year-old boy.
Reginald Lorenzo Williams, 36, was found guilty of two counts of aggravated child molestation. A judge sentenced him to life in prison.
Prosecutors Cara Fiore and Kyle Owenby presented evidence during the three-day trial showing:
In November 2016, Williams was a guest in the boy’s home. Later, when interviewed at a child advocacy center about allegations of molestation, the boy said Williams had quizzed him during the visit about whether he’d ever had sex and if he had a girlfriend. Then Williams grabbed him and forced him to engage in sex acts. The boy said Williams put a pillow over his head to muffle his screams and threatened to hurt him or his mother if he told anyone what had happened.
The boy’s testimony at trial was corroborated by testimony from trusted adults who he later told about the molestation. A teacher and counselor testified they noticed a change in the boy’s behavior after the incident as he became angry and depressed, and got into fights.
“Because of this boy’s bravery in coming forward and the jury’s verdict, a sexual predator won’t ever be able to hurt another child,” District Attorney David Cooke said after the trial. “I hope Mr. Williams spends each day reflecting on the pain he caused this child and wishing any efforts to make amends could ever be enough.”
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