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Rape charges reduced in plea deals
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Two men originally accused of one count of rape (felony) and two counts each of child molestation agreed to plea deals in Liberty County Superior Court last Wednesday, according to county documents.
Nartavious Frost and Willie Brown stood accused of the charges stemming from an alleged incident May 29, 2007, at a residence on Dave Williams Road.
According to the indictment, Frost allegedly committed sexual acts on a minor while Brown assisted as a lookout. According to the documents, the victim was under the age of 16 at the time.
Both men initially were denied bond, but a hearing held in July 2007 allowed the men to post bond. Frost posted $5,600 and Brown bonded out for $2,850.
The true bills were presented to the grand jury in September 2007 and both men were indicted on all charges. A bench warrant for their arrests was issued immediately after the indictments.
Both men entered pleas of not guilty and were released on their own recognizance while waiting trial.
Last week, both men accepted plea agreements to lesser charges in front of Superior Court Judge Jay Stewart.
Frost will face five years in prison on count one, which was reduced from rape to sexual battery. Count two, child molestation, was changed to sexual battery and adds five years of probation consecutive to count one. The final count of child molestation was dropped.
Brown was sentenced to 12 months in prison on count three, child molestation, immediately followed by four years of probation. Count one, rape, and count two, child molestation, are nolle prosequi. Both men were allowed to plead as first offenders.
As a condition of their probation, both men are to complete sexual offender counseling to include registration during terms of probation. Brown also was asked to pay $1,000 fine.
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