Albany ALBANY, Ga. — Gregory Lee Lewis has been found guilty by a Dougherty Superior Court jury on 12 counts that included rape, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy.
The remaining nine counts were for child molestation. Jurors began deliberations Monday evening and returned to work around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. the returned a verdict about two hours later.
Lewis’ female victims were 3, 5 and 6 years old at the time of the incidents, authorities said. The boy in whose presence the molestation allegedly took place was 9 years old at the time.
“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,” Assistant District Attorney Cania Brown-Gordon said during closing arguments Monday. “He just lined them up, these children, and had a turn with them, that’s what he did.”
Brown-Gordon played audio recordings in the courtroom of the children questioned at the Lily Pad Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Center. 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 the proceedings, defense attorney Troy Golden said that Lily Pad staff members are not neutral in their advocacy. The organization is a partner to law enforcement and biased in its reporting, he contended. He also said that the children’s stories were not consistent.
Brown-Gordon called the defense “senseless.”
Superior Judge Denise Marshall was presiding over the trial. Lewis is a recidivist in addition to convictions on the recent charges, and therefore, Marshall will have to give him a life sentence at a minimum, said Chief Assistant District Attorney Heather Lanier.
Sentencing has been set for a later date because the victims, as well as Lewis’ family, wanted to be present, Lanier said.