INDICTMENT ROUNDUP: Man indicted for crimes against minors, woman for crimes against the elderly
A Baldwin County grand jury recently returned indictments on a myriad of suspects, including a man accused of corresponding online with an 11-year-old girl in a sexual and profane manner, as well as a woman accused of stealing a Georgia War Veterans Home resident's debit card and eating out and paying a bunch of bills with it.
Lonny Ray Bragg, 25, was indicted on two counts of obscene internet contact with a child. Bragg is accused of using the internet website Discord to contact "who he believed to be a 15-year-old male...which involved a matter containing explicit narratives accounts of sexual conduct, sexual excitement and sadomasochistic abuse with the intent to satisfy his sexual desires," according to court documents.
The GBI then moved in with a warrant at Bragg's home. After some further investigating, the GBI also concluded that Bragg "knowingly, intentionally and willfully came into contact with an 11-year-old female, via a computer wireless service or internet service, which involved a matter containing explicit narratives accounts of sexual conduct, sexual excitement and sadomasochistic abuse with the intent to satisfy his sexual desires."
"Child," per Georgia statute," is "any person under the age of 16 years." Based on Bragg's age, both counts are felonies. The only time that "obscene internet contact with a child" is considered a misdemeanor is if "the victim was 14 or 15 years of age and the defendant was no more than three years older than the victim," according to Georgia code.
A conviction for felony obscene internet contact with a child carries a minimum prison sentence of one year and a maximum of 20 years. Bragg had no prior local criminal record prior to June's arrest.
Meanwhile, Kimberly Marie Simmons was indicted on one count of "exploitation and intimidation of disabled adult, elder person or resident."
A woman initially contacted the Milledgeville Police Department back in May after reportedly noticing numerous questionable charges on the bank statement of her father, who is a resident of the Veterans Home on the Vinson Highway.
Simmons reportedly used the victim's debit card to pay all three of her utility bills – Georgia Power, Charter Spectrum and the water department.
The statute is a felony and a conviction carries a minimum prison sentence of one year and a maximum of 20. Simmons had no prior local criminal record prior to June's arrest.