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Athens man found guilty on child molestation, statutory rape charges
Anthony Bernard Powers

An Athens man was convicted Wednesday, April 18, after a three-day trial, of child molestation and statutory rape.

Anthony Bernard Powers, 31, was found guilty by the jury in Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller’s courtroom. The case involved a girl between 14 and 15 years old back in 2015 and 2016.

Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

Powers was originally charged in a July 2017 indictment with enticing a child for indecent purposes and false statements.

Defense attorney Craig Pake said he and fellow defense attorney Dan Sammons were granted their motion to suppress evidence on the false statements charge.

“The state had no evidence for that charge. They had to nolle prosse it,” Pake said, which means the charge was dismissed.

The jury also found Powers not guilty on the enticing charge.

Citing the upcoming sentencing hearing, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh declined to comment.

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