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Officer's trial set to resume Monday

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Facing another hour of witness examination at 5 p.m. Friday, Dougherty Superior Court Judge Denise Marshall continued a child molestation trial until Monday.

Albany Police Department Cpl. Vincent Romone Wadley, 46, is accused of molesting his girlfriend's 7-year-old daughter in May 2008.

Wadley has been suspended without pay since he was charged in October. He is a five-year veteran of the force who most recently worked as an investigator with the theft unit.

The defense called three of the alleged victim's teachers to the stand and questioned each as to the behavior of the alleged victim. The third-grader at Alice Coachman Elementary School had good and bad behavior days from the first through third grades, according to the teachers.

On bad days Wadley was called to the school to talk to the girl, the teachers said. He was called because he was apparently first on the emergency call list.

Under questioning by defense attorney James Finkelstein, the teachers testified that the girl did not seem frightened of Wadley.

When Wadley took the stand, he was cross-examined by Assistant District Attorney Kathy Fallin. He testified that the girl was "a bad little girl."

He also testified that he had slept in the same bed as the 7-year-old but had not told her mother. He explained that he loved the girl as if she were his child.

The child had reported Wadley's alleged molestation to her sister, Fallin said. The case was investigated by Greg Blackmon on behalf of the district attorney's office.

It was apparent from Friday's testimony that the defense was trying to cast doubt on the girl's story while at the same time trying to sow reasonable doubt on the mother's motives for bringing the charges.

About to re-examine Wadley, Finkelstein told the judge he would need an hour. In turn, Marshall said she would continue the trial Monday morning and dismissed the jury of 11 women and three men, including alternates, from the Albany-Dougherty Judicial Building.