Authorities in New Orleans last week arrested an Augusta man on suspicion of impregnating his girlfriend’s teenage daughter, according to an article in the Augusta Chronicle. Police arrested 38-year-old James Wiley and extradited him to Georgia after charging him with one count of child molestation.
Investigators say the girl was only 14 years old when the alleged incident occurred. The state of Georgia’s permissible age for sexual consent is 16. Authorities got wind of it in January 2005 when someone working at the Augusta Pregnancy Care Center called the police. A nurse found out from a conversation with the girl that her mother’s boyfriend was responsible for the pregnancy, the news report said. Officials also performed DNA tests on the girl and her child after its birth in June 2005 and determined that Wiley is the father.
Investigators say that it was a “99.9 percent match.” Officials say Wiley fled to Louisiana shortly after detectives got in touch with him.
There seems to be little doubt in this case that Wiley is the father. But there are many cases where there are grey areas. DNA tests can sometimes prove to be inconclusive. So-called victims are not able to substantiate their claims and their recollections are often cloudy or questionable.
A sex abuse case can ruin more than one life. It is hard, both on the accuser and the accused. A false accusation can tarnish someone’s reputation forever – with or without a conviction. If you have been accused of such a crime, you need the best representation possible. You need a Georgia criminal defense attorney who will make sure that your side of the story is heard.