Joe Wilkinson, 70, pleaded guilty Friday morning to two counts of child molestation and two counts of statutory rape for having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl in June 2006.

Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright said the child molestation and statutory rape charges were merged. Wilkinson received a sentence of 20 years, with the first three to be served in prison, Bright said.

Wilkinson also was charged a $1,350 fine. Wilkinson also will have to resister as a sex offender with all the conditions, Bright said.

Wilkinson came into the court with the aid of his cane and attorneys William Smith of Milledgeville and Laura Hope of Macon.



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