Teen on trial for alleged child molestation
by Wes Mayer
Terry Lee Sherman, 19, the Senoia man accused of kidnapping and molesting a 10-year-old girl in December, is on trial this week in a Coweta County Superior Court.
On Dec. 3, Sherman was accused of grabbing a juvenile girl, carrying her into his home, forcing her into a room and pulling her pants and underwear off. Shortly after this, Sherman’s father came home, allegedly found Sherman in the living room shirtless and zipping up his pants, and he saw a girl’s jacket on the couch. Sherman’s father then searched the home and found the victim in the corner of the garage without any pants on and covering herself.
Sherman’s father then called police to report his son, and Sherman fled from the home. Sherman turned himself into the Senoia Police Department later that night. Sherman was charged and later indicted by a grand jury with kidnapping, false imprisonment and child molestation, and for the trial this week, he was also indicted on criminal attempt to commit rape.
The case is being prosecuted by Coweta County Assistant District Attorney Kevin McMurry, and Sherman is being defended by Public Defender Charles H. Cauble. The case is being tried before Coweta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Emory Palmer. A jury was selected Monday.
On Tuesday, McMurry called three witnesses: the juvenile victim, who is now 11; Sherman’s father, who is not biologically related to Sherman – Sherman was adopted at age 8; and Lt. Jason Ercole with the Senoia Police Department, who led the investigation and interviewed Sherman and Sherman’s father.
Ercole interviewed Sherman twice, and both interviews were recorded and replayed for the jury. During both interviews Sherman strongly denied all the charges against him, and said the juvenile victim only entered his home to use the bathroom. He had nothing to do with touching the girl and was not a pedophile, he said.
Cauble then called Sgt. Michelle Worden with the Senoia Police Department. Because Worden has special training for interviewing children, she was the one who interviewed the victim on two occasions. The first interview was played in its entirety, and a section of Worden’s second interview was played for the jury on Tuesday.
Sherman chose not to testify in his own defense, and the defense rested around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Today, jury members will be read the charges by Palmer and they will go into deliberation.