Anyone who tries to say that elderly people aren’t capable of, or interested in, raping and molesting children, need a reality check. But in light of the article I posted this morning, the real story here is not that an old man was sexually abusing a small child but that, yet again, the victim was punished and the abuse not stopped.
“The parents of a 6-year-old girl left their daughter in the care of her paternal grandparents while they went away on active duty. They thought she was safe.
But for three years, the little girl’s grandfather molested her in exchange for cookies and candy.
A Fulton County jury found Mr. Clarence Williams guilty of aggravated child molestation, child molestation and first-degree cruelty to children, the district attorney’s spokeswoman Ms. Yvette Brown said Friday.
But it would be nine years after the abuse of his granddaughter began.
In 2002, the girl’s parents left her and her brother in their grandparents’ custody. They were on active duty in the U.S. Army and were deployed overseas. They were gone for three years.
“During the three-year span, the defendant forced his then six-year-old granddaughter to engage in sexual acts with him in exchange for candy, chips and cookies,” Ms. Brown said.
When the girl turned to her grandmother for help, the woman spanked her and forced her to write a letter of apology to her grandfather, Ms. Brown said.
Several years later, at 12 years old and once again in the custody of her parents, the girl told her parents her grandfather abused her, the spokeswoman said.
The parents confronted the grandparents who denied the accusations, stating that the girl was lying and that she had a problem with lying when she lived with them.
But the parents didn’t drop the matter.
Later, investigators discovered that Mr. Williams had allegedly molested two of his wife’s nieces when they were between the ages of 7 and 8 years old – one in 1975 and the other in 1982 or 1983, Ms. Brown said.
Although those incidents were never reported to the police, both women now ages, 45 and 36 years old, testified during the trial on the granddaughter’s case about their own abuse.
The victim, now 15-years-old, also testified against her grandfather.”
81 year-old Williams was sentenced to life in prison. But what about the grandmother? She should also be sitting in a prison cell.