November 28, 2012

Dalton man charged with child sex crimes set for January trial

Rachel Brown

— A Dalton man who was 19 when authorities said he met a 12-year-old girl on Facebook and later had sexual relations with her at his residence is scheduled for trial in January 2013.

Cody Allen Satterfield, 1223 Green Springs Road, began to enter a guilty plea Tuesday before Judge Cindy Morris to some of the charges — which include two counts of aggravated child molestation, child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes — but in the middle of his appearance, he withdrew his plea.

His attorney, Jerry Moncus, told Morris his client changed his mind about the plea after some discussion about what it entailed. Reached after court on Tuesday, Moncus said he couldn’t discuss details of the case without permission from Satterfield and couldn’t immediately say whether the Jan. 7 trial date his client agreed to will result in a trial rather than a plea.

Assistant District Attorney Ben Kenemer said the case has been going on a long time. Satterfield was charged in October 2011 by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office as authorities claimed he met a girl in July 2011 on Facebook who ran away from Gordon County and called Satterfield to pick her up. Officials said Satterfield brought her to his residence in Whitfield County “where sexual activity occurred.”

Officials said the girl later called her father to come get her, and the father contacted the sheriff’s office which began investigating.

“I would like to place on the record there is no plea offer,” Kenemer said in court. “We’re ready to resolve this today.”