October 19, 2012

Tuttle man convicted of molesting child

Office of Grady County District Attorney
The Express-Star

TUTTLE — Robert Eugene Lee, 62, of Tuttle was convicted late Tuesday by a Grady County jury for two counts of Lewd Molestation, and the jury recommended a punishment of 45 years.  

Lee was arrested and charged with molesting a female child for approximately two years, while the victim was 10 through 12 years of age.  His formal charges included one count of Lewd Molestation of a Child Under 12, one count of Lewd Molestation, and one count of First Degree Rape by Instrumentation.  The female victim alleged that the abuse occurred approximately 20 times over this period of time.  Upon learning of the abuse on Aug. 10, 2011, the child’s family members went to Lee’s residence in Tuttle to confront him about the abuse. When confronted, Lee responded “she did it to me” and “she started it”, and the confrontation became physical.  The Tuttle Police Department was called to the scene, and the molestation allegations were reported to law enforcement.  Lee was then arrested and jailed, where he has been awaiting trial.

The jury, seated on Monday, heard two days of testimony from nine witnesses, including the victim and Lee.  District Judge Richard VanDyck presided over the trial, with Assistant District Attorneys Leah Edwards and Amanda Mullins representing the State and Craig Hoehns representing Lee.  

After approximately two hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict finding Lee guilty of the first two counts and setting punishment at 25 years and 20 years respectively.  

District Attorney Jason Hicks said he “is very pleased with the verdict, as is the family.  The jurors in this case took their oaths very seriously, and for that we are grateful.”

The victim’s family stated, “we are thankful this man has been removed from society and no other child will be a victim of his again.”

A formal sentencing date has been set for Dec. 10  at 1:30 p.m.