Child cruelty plea results in 5-year sentence

Patrick Yost News

A Madison man initially indicted on sexual charges alleging inappropriate relations with a minor pled guilty Monday to reduced charges of cruelty to children in the second degree.

According to Morgan County Superior Court records, Monte Jay Franks, 48, pled guilty to the lesser charge before Ocmulgee Judicial District Superior Court Judge William Prior, Jr.

Franks was sentenced to five years with the first 180 days to be spent in incarceration at the Morgan County Detention Center and the remainder of the sentence to be served on probation.

Franks was initially indicted by a Morgan County Grand Jury in December, 2017. According to published reports, he was initially arrested by investigators with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigations in July, 2017. At the time of his arrest, Morgan County investigators said the then-17-year-old victim alleged to authorities that Franks had molested her since she was 15-years-old.

Investigators said at the time of Franks arrest the victim reported the alleged abuse to a church counselor.

Conditions of Franks probation include a fourth amendment waiver that stipulates that Franks must submit to a search of “person, residence, papers, vehicle and/or effects at any time of day or night without a search warrant…”

He was also ordered by the court to have no contact with the victim. He was ordered, as part of the probation agreement, to undergo substance abuse evaluation and to not consume alcohol or non-prescribed drugs or occupy any residence or vehicle where alcohol or illegal drugs are present.

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