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APD officer guilty of child molestation

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- A jury determined Monday that Cpl. Vincent Romone Wadley of the Albany Police Department was guilty of one count of child molestation.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said Tuesday that sentencing in the trial will take place at a later date.

Wadley's charge stems from a May 2008 incident in which the 46-year-old is accused of molesting his girlfriend's 7-year-old daughter.

"The incident is said to have taken place at the defendant's (Wadley's) apartment," said Edwards.

The district attorney said that while his office was satisfied with the jury's verdict, the circumstances of the trial is regrettable.

"It is a sad day either way," Edwards said. "Truth has to be dealt with.

The child will be affected long term by the event and will need to undergo counseling. We are glad that this matter has been brought to a close and that justice could be served. However, it is regrettable that this case involved a police officer and a child."

Defense attorney James Finkelstein declined to comment about the verdict in his client's case when contacted by The Herald Tuesday.

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

Wadley has been suspended without pay since he was charged in October. He was employed by the Albany Police Department for five years and had most recently worked as an investigator with the city's theft unit.

Edwards said he hopes that this case will be used as a reference in later trials.

"No one will be above the law," he said.