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Biter jailed for violating probation

POSTED: July 6, 2014 12:48 a.m.

A Forsyth County man who was convicted in 2012 of reckless conduct after biting three 8-year-old girls has been arrested for violating his probation.

Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, said Gordon Kent Nelson was arrested about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Rainwater was not sure what Nelson had done to violate probation, only that he had admitted the violation during a visit earlier that day with a state probation officer.

“He is in our jail on no bond, which means he must go before a judge,” Rainwater said.

Given the holiday weekend, it likely will be Monday, at the earliest, before that could happen.

Nelson, 48, pleaded guilty in August 2012 to three counts of reckless conduct for biting and causing “bodily harm” to the girls.

As part of a negotiated plea deal signed by State Court Judge Philip Smith, Nelson’s sentence carried 36 months of probation, 240 hours of community service and $3,165 in fines.

In addition, Nelson was required to have no contact with the families involved and “no unsupervised contact with children or minors under the age of 18.”

The terms also stated Nelson could not consume or possess any alcohol and had to submit to random tests.
On Aug. 28, 2009, Nelson reportedly bit the legs of his daughter and another girl who was spending the night at his home. He was also charged with the same actions on March 28, 2010.

Nelson also pleaded guilty to a charge of stalking that occurred on June 9, 2010, when he followed one of the families of a girl who was bitten out of a Wal-Mart on Atlanta Highway “for the purpose of harassing them,” according to the final disposition.

He received an additional 12 months of probation for the stalking charge.


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