Former Flint administrator sentenced to 5 years in prison in child molestation case

Professing his innocence, Julius Anthony, a former top Flint School District administrator, was sentenced today to five years in prison and 10 years of probation in a 1996 Georgia child molestation case.

Anthony showed no remorse and offered no apology to the victim, now 15 and a sophomore in high school, and the victim’s mother, who were in courtroom for the sentencing, said Fulton County senior assistant district attorney Kimberly Esmond Adams.

Superior Court Judge John J. Goger required that Anthony register as a sex offender, but did allow for a future expungement of his record.

In 2006, the Georgia Legislature passed a law that prohibits judges from sentencing sex offenders as “first-time” offenders, which had allowed for a convicted person to petition for expungement.

But judges have discretion as to whether to allow people convicted of sex crimes before 2006 to benefit from the “first-time offense” provision.

Adams argued for a 20-year prison sentence, but was satisfied that Anthony received the five-year term.

“I don’t want to second-guess the wisdom of the court, but I’m happy that he has to serve some period of time in confinement,” Adams said.

A jury found Anthony guilty of fondling a 3-year-old boy in September 1996 at a preschool or day care program at a Georgia facility where Anthony was working.

The victim’s mother told the judge her son had acted out with bad behavior in school and needed extensive psychiatric counseling, but was now on the right track, Adams said.

The boy is a musician, Adams said.

“He is a delightful young man and I was pleased to meet him,” Adams said.

Adams said Anthony indicated he will appeal his conviction.

About 15 Anthony supporters, which included family, friends and a former employer, were in the court for the sentencing. Six of them testified as character witnesses before the sentencing.

Anthony was a close friend and former colleague of former Flint School Superintendent Walter Milton Jr., who brought him to Flint to work as a school district consultant in December 2005.

The Flint Board of Education hired Anthony in July 2006 as the district’s executive director of curriculum. He resigned that September after a background check turned up his criminal record.

Published in: on November 6, 2007 at 9:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

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