WARNER ROBINS -- A sentencing hearing is expected Monday for an 84-year-old Warner Robins man who pleaded guilty to four counts of child molestation.
Shelly M. Simmons Sr., who volunteered as the Voice of the Demons in the 1970s and 1980s and retired as a deputy division chief at Robins Air Force Base in 1985, pleaded guilty to the charges Wednesday in Houston County Superior Court, said Franklin J. Hogue, a Macon attorney representing him.
Simmons, who faces a sentencing range of probation to 10 years in prison under the plea agreement, is expected to be sentenced Monday afternoon before Judge George Nunn in Houston County Superior Court.
Simmons admitted to either touching or rubbing incidents involving four girls who at the time were in the age range of 9 to 12 years old, Hogue said. Three are now adults.
The incidents came to light when the youngest girl, who is a minor, left her journal at church, Hogue said. She recorded what had happened in her journal.
A church worker who found the journal was looking through it to determine who the journal belonged to and alerted authorities after reading an entry, Hogue said. The adults came forward afterward, telling authorities about the incidents they experienced as children.
Hogue said he and Simmons hope the plea and final sentencing may initiate the healing process for the family.
I think this can at least begin the process of reconciliation within this family, Hogue said. He knows hes responsible for tearing this family apart.
Hogue said he also hopes this part of Simmons life wont serve as his final chapter. Hogue said Simmons has otherwise been an exemplary and productive member of society.
Simmons has been on house arrest under a $25,000 bond pending trial. The initial charges against him were placed in November 2011. District Attorney George Hartwig declined comment on the case prior to sentencing.