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Man gets12 years in child-molestation trial

An elderly Thomson man has been found guilty of child sexual crimes and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Toombs Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Harold A. Hinesley found Malcolm Thomas "Mac" Henderson guilty of on the charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes and child molestation.

The guilty verdict rendered by Judge Hinesley followed a bench trial last Tuesday in McDuffie County Superior Court in Thomson. During the trial, Mr. Henderson testified as did several other persons, including the victim, the defendant's former wife and Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Joe Brown.

After being found guilty of the crimes, Judge Hinesley sentenced Mr. Henderson to 12 years in prison and eight years on probation. The judge also imposed sex offender conditions against the defendant.

Mr. Henderson, who was represented by Toombs Judicial Circuit Public Defender Harold Wallace, was arrested shortly after an Oct. 11, 2008 incident involving a teenage boy who was 13 at the time, according to Scott Whittle, a former investigator and now a sergeant with the Thomson Police Department.

Authorities said Mr. Henderson offered the victim a ride after seeing him walking in the rain along Gordon Street. The victim reportedly was walking to a nearby church at the time.

Instead of taking the victim to church, he ended up at the residence of Mr. Henderson, who at the time was living on the 600 block of Dogwood Drive in Thomson. It was there where both crimes occurred, authorities said.

The victim later escaped from the residence and later told police what had happened.

Those details led to the arrest of Mr. Henderson and his subsequent indictment on the charges against him by a grand jury and now his conviction and sentence.

Web posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010

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