Woman gets life plus 20 in child-sex-for-sale case
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Rebecca Wiggins
Rebecca Wiggins
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MARIETTA — “This is the worst case involving children I have seen.”

G. Grant Brantley, a senior Cobb Superior Court judge, had those words for defendant Rebecca Wiggins before sentencing her Monday afternoon to life plus 20 years for sexually exploiting a child.

On Friday evening, a jury found Wiggins, 37, guilty of sexual exploitation of a child, aggravated sodomy, child molestation and first-degree child cruelty. The jury had deliberated for less than two hours.

Prosecutors had argued during the nearly weeklong trial that Wiggins accepted nearly $10,000 from an east Cobb man, David A. Ray, in exchange for providing access to her 7-year-old niece, who was in Wiggins’ custody in 2004. The abuse occurred over a number of years.

“This child was repeatedly violated, really, at your hands,” Brantley told Wiggins, who showed no emotion. “You transported her to the place where it was done, for profit. You bathed and prepared her for a person who physically performed the act. You held her down in one instance, and in another you held her hand (while the girl was sodomized). And the only comfort you gave her in holding her hand was telling her it was all right.”

Police were first notified of the allegations in 2009. The girl, who is now 14, testified on the first day of the trial. Ray killed himself in April 2009, a day after Marietta Police tried to arrest him on child-molestation charges, according to the medical examiner’s report.

Wiggins insists she is innocent. Her court-appointed lawyer, Kim Frye, of Marietta’s Frye Law Group, has filed a motion for a new trial.

Frye said her client was stunned and in shock when the verdict was returned Friday.

“It was 8 o’clock Friday night. I think their minds were made up long before we opened our mouths. The allegations in this case are horrible, and it’s very hard for people to get past the nature of these allegations to listen to the arguments,” she said.

Lead prosecutor Chuck Boring said all of the jurors stayed after the verdict was returned on Friday to give feedback to the attorneys.

“They said the most telling thing was the victim’s testimony, and she was so credible,” he said. “When you’re telling the truth, you don’t have to think about it.”

The judge sentenced Wiggins to the maximum penalty, as Boring had sought.

“It was appropriate, given everything that came out at trial,” Boring said. “I don’t think any other sentence would have been just.”
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Pamela Blair
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December 10, 2013
Would you folks believe that the child's father sends his sister money in prison! Was he getting a cut of the proceeds or is he a sick freak too or both! He lives in the house with my grandsons and it makes my skin crawl!
HLL
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September 01, 2011
I know the defendant very well. I also know the mother of the child in question. The defendant, who was given life in prison, is probably in there because the mother told her child to say these things to keep the police off her back. The mother of the child is, and has been a crackhead for at least 20 yrs. The defendant took care of her children and would never do anything to harm them. This I know to be a fact.
FACTS R HURTFUL
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January 06, 2012
How dare you if you knew the defendant like I did then you would know the truth. I know them all and Im sick about all this I know for a fact that Rebecca did this to these kids If I knew about court then I would have been there for the girls! She did this cause she couldnt sell herself there wasnt enough money in her so she fell into David Ray spell I told her he was a creep but after all she needed that weed to smoke. These poor girls wasnt the only little girls she has done this to. Yes David give her money before all this happen Cause he was having anal sex with her and when that wasnt enough he got even sicker..So dont post stuff talking about you know them all well thats horse crap. Rebecca God help you 20 years is not enough for what you have done. Make peace with everything you have done and stop blaming the kids for sticking up for there mother cause you and I both know you have done this so come clean, Jason I blame you too cause you drove her there everytime with those girls they really should have your butt in jail too,as far concern I really Really hope you never get out. Please Cobb County we dont need no more like her in this world
axeman
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September 01, 2011
@Momma No 1...What? Did you not read the article? They clearly give his name...and the police did try to arrest him but he committed suicide...it really should be a requirement to read the article prior to posting comments...Sheeesh...
Momma No 1
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August 31, 2011
Some people simply have NO sympathy or empathy for any other human being.

In their minds there really is no big deal - we studied these sociopaths in Abnormal Psychology.

I hope the police and prosecutor(s) charge the man. Why was the man not mentioned by name??? He needs to be outed to the public for his nasty crimes.
axeman
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August 31, 2011
Does anyone know on what grounds the defense attorney is filing for a new trail?
badcatm
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August 31, 2011
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR - we do wonder why God allows these things to happen and we will never know the answer. Just know that these evil people will have to answer to Him one day!

What did you survive from?

dierksgirl
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August 31, 2011
This makes me feel physically ill. I don't understand this kind of sick behavior.

When the inmates find out why she is there...payback will come to her...
SKmotherof2
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August 30, 2011
There is no "justice" for what this child has been put through. How will she trust again? She will likely never heal. I can only see death as a just sentence. For the now 14 year old victim has died repeatedly at this woman's hands....
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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August 30, 2011
"badcatum": One might was, jusr where was the "Almighty" during all of the abuse?
badcatm
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August 30, 2011
Anything she is subjected to in prison will be deserved. And remember she will one day have to answer to the "Almighty."

Shocked and Appalled
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August 30, 2011
I can't believe how many hits "sex trafficking Cobb" gets on Google... This is a much bigger problem than we realize!
anonymous
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August 30, 2011
Juror, thank you for your comments. You have put my concerns to rest.

I appreciate how seriously you seem to have taken your duties as juror. Thank you.

It is so hard to imagine that there really are "people" who can do things like this.
just me
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August 30, 2011
How sad, had she killed an animal along with the other charges, she probably would have gotten death row.
Juror
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August 30, 2011
To Anonymous...

As sickening as it is I understand that a child can be guided, suggested and easily led. I also understand that children can lie, especially if they are guided by someone they love.

Due to this understanding I - MORE - than listened to the arguments and evidence as it was presented during the week long trial. I knew that my decision would affect the defendant and victims - and took my civil duty very seriously.

The testimony of this child was not only credible but supported throughout the week by the evidence and testimony given. This woman is not innocent and this has been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt to me.

The defense attorney more than did her job. It was apparent that she spent countless hours reviewing every detail of this case.

As a member of the jury, I can attest that none of the members of this jury took this case or evidence lightly. We looked at all the evidence and testimony carefully and all felt 100% sure that this woman was guilty. It was not just the testimony of the child - though it was key - but the entire week's worth of evidence and testimony.
PAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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August 30, 2011
I've always wondered what something "evil" looked like. Now I know.
anonymous
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August 30, 2011
This story turns my stomach. Absolutely sickeningly incredible.

But, I can't help but think about the McMartin pre-school case in California back during the 90's. Young kids can be easily led by adults/cops to say things that just did not happen...and still sound credible. More than a few innocent people went to prison for years because of the kids testimony that had been "guided" by the police and counselors.
Jonh Crenshaw
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August 30, 2011
This should be the death penalty. What a sick individual, she does not deserve to live. Let's hope for a long and painful diseased death
Juror
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August 30, 2011
I was one of the jurors on this case. I can tell you that I took this very seriously and did listen to all arguments. I went home and cried most nights. I did not make up my mind at all until the last facts were presented. This woman was given a fair trial. I can promise you that I did not care what time it was, after being there for a week - I was ready to be there as long as we needed to deliberate. It was proven to me by the State that the defendant was guilty beyond any shadow of doubt. So much so, I believe this will haunt me for some time. If the judge had sentenced Rebecca Wiggins to anything but the maximum penalty after hearing all of the testimony I would have been very upset. Thank you for taking this woman out of society and making sure she never has the opportunity to be even near another child.

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