By Eunette Gentry
George Allen Prentiss recently appeared in court and had his case bound over to District Court – where he will reportedly plead “Guilty”. Prentiss is the local man who was arrested on May 19, 2018, after “admitting” to police that he was inappropriately “touching [a female minor] for the purpose of sexual conduct”. Prentiss had his case bound over to the higher District Court, to face the formal charge of “Lewdness with a child under 14 years of age”. On July 11th, during the court proceeding that was scheduled to be Prentiss’ “Preliminary Hearing”: it was determined that “the defendant will unconditionally waive Preliminary Hearing and in District Court [will] enter a Guilty Plea to one count of Attempted Lewdness With A Child under the age of 14 years old, and The State is free to argue. [The Prosecuting] Attorney concurred. The defendant was screened as to his understanding and acceptance of the negotiations and the rights he would be waiving...The court found that the defendant has knowingly and voluntarily waived his right to Preliminary Hearing and ordered that he be bound over to appear in…District Court…for Arraignment on August 17th.” Prentiss was taken into custody after NCSO officers were “dispatched to [an area home] in reference to a sex offense.” A deputy responded to “reports of a female [who] had been touched in the privates by a neighbor named Pops” – who was “later identified as George Prentiss.” Police say the young girl left home looking for her “friends”; but, they “were not at [home]”. So, the child “went over to Pops’ trailer” – “to earn some chore money, by doing the dishes.” According to police, while the young girl was there, Prentiss told her, “I will show you mine, if you show me yours.” Then the victim says Prentiss “placed his hand on her [vagina] and patted it with his hand”. “She then ran across the street and told her father what…happened.” Officers say after questioning him, Prentiss confirmed the victim’s account, admitted what he had done, and even told police “that he wanted sexual contact, but it shouldn’t have been with a child.” Prentiss remains “In Custody: [with] BAIL [set at] $5000 C/B”.