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August 1, 2006

Albany - The Georgia Court of Appeals upholds the child molestation conviction of a Dougherty County man.

Last January, Stavinci Ellis was convicted of molesting his girlfriend's 13 year old niece over a six month period. The girl told medical authorities about the abuse when she was committed to the hospital after making suicide threats.

Ellis appealed to the Court of Appeals claiming he received ineffective assistance of counsel when his lawyer elicited testimony about Ellis refusing to take a polygraph. The court said that was a reasonable trial tactic and upheld the conviction.

Ellis was sentenced to 30 years to serve 10 in prison.

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