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Bond for Accused Child Molester Angers Alleged Victim's Family

11:49 PM, Mar 9, 2010   |    comments
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A Houston County Superior Court Judge released a man charged with five counts of child molestation on $2,000 bond.

Prosecutor David Cooke says John Robert Killebrew of Bonaire is accused of molesting two young girls. He's also charged with sexual battery and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

The grandfather of one of the girls allegedly molested says he's disgusted by the court's decision.

It's not the first time Houston judges released accused child molesters on bond.

Robbie King wrestles with anger and guilt. He said, "I promised I'd always take care of her, and I couldn't protect her."

He says his nine-year-old granddaughter became a victim of child molestation, while visiting a relative's home last summer.

King's granddaughter and another young family member accused 25-year-old John Robert Killebrew of molestation.

Killebrew was released from the Houston County jail last Thursday on $2,000 bond.

Robbie King said, "Letting people just sign their way out of jail. No bond at all. $2,000 here, that's like a DUI bond."

Houston Assistant District Attorney David Cooke says he opposed bond, but Judge George Nunn let Killebrew out of jail, twice. The first time was in January for psychiatric treatment at a V.A. hospital in Augusta. Cooke said, "He could walk out anytime he chose. It's not a lock down facility."

After leaving the hospital, the judge set a $2,000 bond without a hearing. Cooke said, "The defense asked to skip that bond hearing. We objected and asked to have a hearing, that the family wanted to attend for obvious reasons."

Cooke says the bond amount surprised him, because there's more than one alleged victim. He said, "I'm not going to criticize Judge Nunn, but we opposed bond. We felt like he was a threat to the community and is still a threat to the community."

Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton said, "To me, that's disturbing." Talton was not just referring to Killebrew's case, but speaking in general. He pointed to 34 times in the past two years that Houston Superior Court judges released accused child molesters on bond. Documents showed 17 of them faced more than one charge.

Talton said he's asked the judges and prosecutors about what he calls a "bad trend." He said, "They didn't give a reason. I don't know what the reason is. I don't understand it."

Cooke says Killebrew is being monitored by a GPS system requested by the defense, but he says it's not the system or the company Houston County normally works with.

Cooke says they're currently investigating a third accusation of child molestation against Killebrew, but he has not been charged in that case.

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