June 26, 2014

Chatsworth man convicted of child molestation

From Staff Reports

— A Chatsworth man was convicted this week of two counts of child molestation by a Murray County jury and faces from five to 20 years in prison on each count.

Darrel Wayne Abercrombie, 39, is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 20 by Judge William Boyett following a pre-sentence investigation.

The district attorney’s office said the jury deliberated for 20 minutes.

“Assistant District Attorney Ben Kenemer called 14 witnesses, including both victims and a third child, a relative, who had reported similar behavior from the defendant,” a press release from the district attorney’s office said.

Abercrombie did not testify.

Abercrombie was arrested in March 2012 after the two “primary” victims reported to their stepmother and grandmother what Abercrombie had done to them, the press release said. Abercrombie denied the allegations, but an investigation determined “he had previously made statements to an aunt admitting that he had become a sexual predator after having been abused himself as a child.”

The case was investigated by Special Agent Greg Ramey of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Detective Brett Morrison with the Murray County Sheriff’s Office conducted the forensic child interviews.