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1/30/2013 1:11:00 PM
Man found not guilty in lewd act case

Brian King
Staff Writer


A man was found not guilty on a charge of committing a lewd act upon a child by a jury Wednesday afternoon at the Greenwood County Courthouse.

Benjamin Dabbs, 34, was accused of fondling a 10-year-old girl and showing her pornographic videos between Oct. 2010 and April 2011. Dabbs was represented by Lance Sheek. David Stumbo and Elizabeth White handled the case for the state.

The jury returned the verdict after deliberating about an hour. They heard testimony beginning Tuesday morning before going into deliberations late Wednesday morning.

“It’s obviously disappointing,” Stumbo said of the verdict. “In cases like this, we’re going to fight for the child. This doesn’t change that fact. At the end of the day, we fought for a child and we will continue to fight for them.”

Dabbs has another charge of committing a lewd act on a child still pending. That case involves a 12-year-old girl that alleges Dabbs touched her inappropriately about 10 times over the course of four months from Dec. 2010 to April 2011.

Dabbs’ attorney, Lance Sheek, said he was pleased with the outcome.

“I think (the verdict) shows that our justice system still works,” Sheek said following the trial. “Even though our system is flawed, America still has the best justice system in the world.”



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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Article comment by: Kayla Allen

In my opinion just because he got off with this charge doesnt mean he is innocent, many of times there isnt physical evidence to prove such acts happened but that doesnt mean that it didnt happen. Have you ever been to court and watch how the defense badgers these young victims? How they are made out to be liars because the defense trys to trick them into saying the wrong thing the wrong way? Think about it how easy it for a defense attorney to confuse the hell out of a child just to get them to answer incorrectly!! No one knows how hard it is for a child to talk about what has been done to them! Why would a child make up such a story against someone they use to trust or love? Im sorry but a child can pick just about anyone to accuse why would they pick this person? Im sure there were other men around these young girls, so why would they say it was this one person? and not another?

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Article comment by: Tay N

So I guess now u can touch little children an get away it so where do u think that leaves the little kids feeling about adults you are suppose to trust

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: edward turberville

Your vigilante justice would be murder in this case and you would spend your life in a cage. And since you recommend it that brings you into another criminal case of conspiracy because of your gut feelings. Acting on gut instincts judging on and acting on gut instincts has sent many to the grave. In the name of vigilante justice. Before you hang someone go to court and sit and watch. Only ignorance judges someone without knowledge of the facts.

As Mr. Sheek said in this case justice was served.

I agree fully with the Prosecutor go after the pedophiles put them behind bars for the animal they are.

By The Law Of Facts And Evidence. .


Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: William C

The problem with cases like this is that the defendant is already guilty in the eyes of the public, thanks to reporting by news media. The jury is privy to information that we don't see, and yet many of us are ready to hang the defendant based solely on the fact that he was charged with a crime, rather than convicted. These are heinous crimes that people are being accused of and we need to realize that the evidence must be adequate to ensure we do not find someone guilty of a crime they did not commit.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: L Robinson

I would say since he has the same charges pending for another child he is most probably guilty the case just wasn't strong enough to convict him. I will hope the second go round he has the prosecutor has a good case. Sad to say that is why we have vigilante justice.
I know if something happened to one of my kids I would let the courts handle it up until the point the pervert was found not guilty on a weak case!



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