Senoia man accused of molesting child
by Wes Mayer
(In Friday’s front page story in The Newnan Times-Herald on the arrest of Terry Lee Sherman, it was incorrectly stated he did not know the victim prior to the assault. According to Lt. Jason Ercole with the Senoia Police Department, Sherman did in fact know the victim, but detectives believe this was an isolated incident with no other victims.)
A Senoia man suspected of kidnapping, imprisoning and molesting a juvenile surrendered to authorities Tuesday, detectives said.
Around 3:09 p.m., Senoia Police officers responded to a home in reference to a sexual assault against a juvenile, said Lt. Jason Ercole with the Senoia Police Department. Officers arrived and found the victim and the suspect’s father, but the suspect, Terry Lee Sherman, 18, fled the scene before officers arrived, Ercole said.
Through interviews with the victim and the suspect’s father, detectives and officers discovered Sherman first saw the juvenile walking down the street and attempted to lure the child into his home, Ercole said. When the juvenile refused, detectives were told Sherman forced the child into his home and locked the child in a bedroom.
“Mr. Sherman then committed acts which are considered in violation of the Georgia Child Molestation Statute,” Ercole said.
According to Ercole, the child tried to escape, but couldn’t. Sherman’s father returned home, found his son with the victim and intervened. After realizing what his son was doing, Sherman’s father called 911 and Sherman fled the scene, Ercole said.
“The juvenile was not physically injured,” Ercole said. “Authorities are not releasing the age or sex of the victim, in order to protect the victim’s privacy rights and to protect the integrity of the investigation, which is still ongoing.” With the evidence on scene and statements from the victim and Sherman’s father, detectives prepared a warrant for Sherman’s arrest, Ercole said. Shortly after a magistrate judge signed the warrant, Sherman reappeared and turned himself over to authorities. He was then charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and child molestation and was transported to the Coweta County Jail, Ercole said. Sherman was still being held in jail late Thursday on a $35,000 bond.
According to Ercole, detectives believe Sherman and the victim knew each other prior to the assault, but believe this was an isolated incident with no other victims.