School janitor pleads guilty to enticing 11-year-old girl

Tue, 03/20/2007 - 4:21pm
By: John Munford

A former janitor at Cleveland Elementary School pled guilty Monday to enticing a child for indecent purposes, a charge stemming from an encounter he had with an 11-year-old female student.

Kenneth Bridges, 49, was initially charged with child molestation but the reduced charge was apparently due to the nature of the contact. Assistant District Attorney Al Dixon said Bridges only asked the child to sit on his lap and he did not make explicit sexual contact with the victim.

Bridges told the court that the victim “got the wrong impression” when he talked to her.

“It was just one of those bad days,” he said.

Chief Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English sentenced Bridges to serve six months in prison. Because he gets credit for time served, Bridges will only have to serve 45 additional days in prison, his defense attorney said.

Bridges must serve an additional 10 years on probation, and he will be required to register as a sex offender under a state law that was amended last year.

English also accepted guilty pleas from two other men accused of child molestation. James Barton Sanders of 520 Greenview Circle in north Fayette County pled guilty to having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old victim. He was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by seven years on probation.

Daniel Keith Mosely, 35, of Lot 71 Youth Monroe Road, Loganville, pled guilty to charges stemming from contact he had with a 13-year-old girl. According to the indictment, Mosely was accused of masturbating in the victim’s presence. Mosely was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by two years on probation.

Both Mosely and Sanders will be required to register as sex offenders when they are released from prison.

A defendant charged with 13 counts of forgery also pled guilty in court Monday. David L. Bennett was sentenced to 10 years on probation and he must also attend a special adult version of a “teen challenge” drug and alcohol treatment program. Although Judge English initially was concerned with a probated sentence in the case, he was told that the victim wanted Bennett to attend the treatment program.

English also sentenced Bennett to pay $24,302 in restitution to the Bank of Georgia where the forged checks came from.

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