Friday, August 13, 2010

Woman pleads guilty in child molestation, false rape claim case

A woman who had been accused of falsely reporting a rape to cover her alleged sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy entered an Alford guilty plea to the charges during last week's criminal jury trials in Superior Court.

With an Alford plea, Jessica Renea Cline, 25, of Acworth asserted her innocence but admitted she could be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a judge or jury.

Bartow County Sheriff's Office investigators lodged charges against Cline in connection with the July 2008 incident in which she allegedly had sex with the boy, then told officials during their probe of the child molestation allegations that she was raped by the boy.

In a negotiated agreement with prosecuting attorneys, Cline entered a plea on three counts -- child molestation, statutory rape and false statements. The assistant district attorney agreed not to prosecute her on one count of aggravated child molestation.

Superior Court Judge Scott Smith sentenced Cline to 20 years, five of which she was ordered to serve in prison. The balance she will serve on probation. Cline will be required to register as a sex offender.