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Molester says he fled because of lawyer

June 13, 2006

Albany -- A Dougherty County man who fled during his child molestation trial is sentenced to a decade in prison.

Monte Green said he fled his trial because he thought his lawyer was not helping him. The 24-year-old Green was sentenced to ten years in prison for statutory rape. He also plead guilty this morning to bail jumping.

Green ran after the first day of his July trial. Prosecutors charged that he had sex with a 13-year-old neighbor on December 23, 2002.

Judge Willie Lockett continued the trial even though he had escaped, and the jury quickly found him guilty. He was caught in Dothan, Alabama weeks later.

Today Green told the Judge during his trial he was confused by bad representation by his court appointed attorney, and that was why he ran. "You can't trust anything that comes out of his mouth. He acted the exact same way while we were in the middle of this trial, and he ran away to Alabama," said Asst. District Attorney Christopher Cohilas. "He acted like a child, and today he had to stand up like a man, and be sentenced."

Monte Green was sentenced to ten years in prison for statutory rape. He was also sentenced to five years in prison for bail jumping, to be served at the same time.

Green will also have to register as a sex offender. Green told the Judge he plans to appeal his conviction.

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