By Walter GeigerA 27-year-old Lamar County man was sentenced to a long prison term July 7 for molesting two girls ages five and six.Ulysees Lorenzo Barkley of 110 Lyons Street, Barnesville, had been charged with six counts of child molestation, two counts of aggravated child molestation, two counts of aggravated sodomy and two counts of first degree cruelty to children.Court testimony indicated Barkley molested the children during the period September 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015. He pleaded guilty to one count of child molestation, one count of aggravated sodomy and one count of first degree cruelty to children. Assistant district attorney Mark Daniel told Judge Bill Fears that Barkley admitted his deeds to a member of his church who called in Barnesville police.He had previously been confronted by the mother of the children but denied the molestations. The girls were interviewed by experts at Crescent House in Macon. One revealed the assaults. The other did not which Daniel said is not unusual with children that young.Judge Fears sentenced Barkley to 25 years in prison and 20 years on probation. He must serve the entire 25-year term with no chance for parole. When he is released, he must register as a sex offender and abide by all the conditions inherent in that statute.Barkley appeared in court in an orange jail jumpsuit and was shackled at the wrists and ankles. He gave only ‘˜yes’ and ‘˜no’ answers to questions and did not testify. Public defender Elna Reese offered no facts or witnesses on his behalf.Barkley stared dispassionately at the floor as the mother of the children read a victim impact statement. He then was led away back to jail.
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