News 12 First at Five / Thursday, July 17, 2014
Reginald Price (WRDW-TV)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- "I feel as if justice was served. He may not have gotten as much time as I wanted him to get, but at least he got some time," said Parent Mary Lambert.
"Justice has been served today and I'm so glad. I hate it for his family but I hate it even worse for mine because my child has been through hell," said Parent Kimberly Palmber.
Kimberly Palmer and Mary Lambert both say their 13-year-old daughters have been different since 45-year-old Reginald Price touched them.
He was arrested in 2013 for hugging Palmer's daughter and then grabbing her buttocks. In 2012, he was removed from Murphy Middle school after being accused of hugging Lambert's daughter then groping her.
In 2011, he was also arrested in Aiken County for the same thing but the charges were dropped. Price accepted a plea deal of up to two years in prison and in turn plead guilty to two counts of sexual battery.
Price's attorney asked Judge Padgett for probation because he had no prior convictions, is a father of two children and takes care of his elderly parents.
"I don't know why you did what you did. I know you have crossed a line that no grown man should cross," said Judge J. Wade Padgett.
Judge Padgett gave him two years in prison and placed him on eight years of probation. All of the victims Price went after were around the same age and Judge Padgett said because of it, while on probation he won't be allowed to be alone around any female 18 years or younger. The judge said he didn't even trust him around his own 6-year-old daughter.
News 12 at Midday Augusta, Ga (WRDW)----Reginald Price has been sentenced to two years in prison and eight years probation.
The former Richmond County custodian pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual battery at a hearing Thursday morning.
Price was arrested last September after two 13-year-old girls reported that he hugged and rubbed them inappropriately. The first incident was at Murphey Middle School and then another at CT Walker.
During probation, Price is not allowed to be alone with any female under the age of 18, including his daughter.
The state accepted Price's plea deal to prevent the girls from having to go through a trial. They did both speak at Thursday's hearing.