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Georgia Criminal Law News November 2017

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

Even though November begins the holiday season, numerous crimes occurred in Georgia this month. Here is a compilation of some of the arrests made this month. 

A Massage Envy massage therapist, Brian Christopher Sams, was arrested and charged on November 3rd with sexual battery in Roswell. He was accused of inappropriately touching a customer, and police stated that there could be more victims. 

A University of West Georgia student was arrested along with four other people on robbery and gang-related charges. The incident occurred on November 4th near the West Georgia Carrolton Campus, where the victims met the suspects at an apartment and were robbed as they entered the apartment. Even though the meeting was for drugs, the victims reported the robbery and helped the police find the suspects. 

Joshua Manns was released from jail after he allegedly attacked a Georgia Tech student and attempted to rape her on November 10th. Police said he followed the victim to her off-campus apartment onto the elevator and forced his way into her apartment. He started to pull her clothes off and the victim screamed, and the roommate and her boyfriend ran to help. Police were able to identify Manns from a prior stalking case. 

Another incident occurring at a college campus happened at Albany State University. Ronderrious Huntley was arrested in connection with a shooting that injured two people on November 18. He was charged with aggravated assault. 

An 8-year-old girl was injured during a shootout in DeKalb County on November 21. The incident occurred when a group of teenagers started chasing another group of teenagers in a white vehicle. The white car crashed into the black car, and the shooting began. The girl was in the back and was hit in the buttocks. Police think that the shooting may be linked to car thefts in the area. 

A very sad incident this month occurred when a Roswell police Sergeant, Chad Harris, was arrested for assaulting his wife and son Thanksgiving morning. Police arrived at Harris' house after his son called 911 and said his dad was assaulting his mom.  The police found Harris and his wife arguing. One of the children told officers that Harris had drunk ten beers before the argument began, and they found red marks around Harris' wife's neck in the shape of fingers. During the investigation, Harris kept restating that he was an officer and that he had contacts in law enforcement. He was charged with simple battery and two counts of cruelty to children. Harris' wife told the officers “she believes Chad does this because he is an authoritative figure at work, and wants her to obey him.” Harris has been placed on administrative leave with pay during this period but was allowed to keep his gun. 

A metro Atlanta man received ten years in prison after coercing a 12-year-old North Carolina girl into sending him nude photos. Gerardo Perez Uribe was 32 years old but told the girl he was 13 and later claimed to be 25. They met on Facebook, and Uribe asked the girl to send him nude pictures, which she began to do in August 2014. He then was able to get into the girls Facebook account, and he locked her out. Further, he said that he would post the nude pictures of her if she did not send more. The girl's parents found out and alerted the Sheriff's Office. The FBI got involved once they found out Uribe resided in Georgia. Uribe was sentenced to ten years and then will be deported at the end of his sentence, and he will be under ten years of supervised release. 

Another case involving obscene Internet contact involved an Alpharetta man and a police officer pretending to be a 14-year-old girl. Wesley Baylock Williams communicated with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl for two weeks and exchanged at least one nude photograph. Williams set up a meeting with him and "the girl" but officers were waiting for him at the location and took him into custody. Williams has been charged with obscene Internet contact with a child and using a computer service to seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child to commit an illegal act. 

A Kennesaw State University student, Benjamin Wainscott, had been in Cobb County jail almost two weeks on a rape charge when police charged him with a second rape. The second rape predates the first, and the warrant alleges that Wainscott invited a girl to his room after dinner and then continued to have sexual intercourse with the girl even though she asked him to stop. Therefore, Wainscott is currently in jail for being accused of raping two different women in his dorm room. 

In Walton County, Georgia four people were arrested in connection with a shootout between more than a half dozen people. One person, Jotavious Fredrick Gunn is 19 years old, and he turned himself in on November 18th. Gunn and the other three suspects have been charged with two counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault in the shooting deaths. 

A different category of crime occurred November 22 when Gregory Tim Nichols was arrested for forgery, theft by deception, and racketeering. Multiple people came forward alleging that Nichols denied them access to money they gave him to invest. If you or anyone else may have been a victim of Nichols, please call investigators at 770-928-0239.

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