Jury breaks for night in Dougherty child rape case

Gregory Lee Lewis

Gregory Lee Lewis

ALBANY, Ga. — The jury returns to begin deliberations at 8:30 a.m. today in a 12-count child rape and molestation case.

Gregory Lee Lewis, 35, is charged with rape, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and nine other counts of child molestation, according to the indictment papers.

The female victims in the case were 3, 5, and 6 years old at the time of the crimes, said Assistant District Attorney Cania Brown-Gordon. The boy in whose presence the molestation allegedly took place was 9, she added.

“That man (Lewis) used children for his sexual gratification. It got to the point where he did not care that the other children were in the room,” Brown-Gordon said during closing arguments. “He just lined them up, these children, and had a turn with them, that’s what he did.”

During her closing arguments, Brown-Gordon played audio recordings of the children questioned at the Lily Pad, a child abuse victim’s organization. During the questioning, the rape victim described where and how Lewis molested her.

She used dolls and pictures during the interview to illustrate the molestation by Lewis, her uncle. The other children confirmed the abuse took place and that the two other girls were also touched inappropriately, investigators said.

During his closing arguments, defense attorney Troy Golden said that Lily Pad staff members are not neutral in their advocacy. The organization is a partner with police and biased in its reporting, he contends.

Golden said that the children’s stories were not consistent. Brown-Golden called the defense “senseless.”