2005-05-18 / Front Page

Eric Boice convicted of child molestation

By Diana Royal
True Citizen Staff Writer
A Burke County jury has found a man guilty of child molestation and sexual battery

Eric Boice convicted
of child
molestation
By Diana Royal
True Citizen Staff Writer
A Burke County jury has found a man guilty of child molestation and sexual battery

Eric Edward Boice was convicted last week on both charges, for an Aug. 23, 2003 incident in which he allegedly rubbed and kissed the legs and inner thighs of a 10-year-old Burke County girl. The victim took the stand, telling the jury that Boice had entered the bedroom she was sleeping in and "touched" her for approximately 15 minutes while her mother and family were outside.

The victim’s mother stated that they had been at a birthday party and as the children went to bed, approximately 15 adults stayed outside talking while some consumed alcohol. Boice was very drunk, according to her testimony, and she eventually noticed he had not been outside for some time. "When there’s a limited number of people, you notice when someone’s gone," she said. The mother also told the jury that her daughter has suffered from night terrors and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The defense claimed Boice had simply "readjusted" the child on the bed because she was "half on and half off."

Testimony from different witnesses provided several instances when Boice had been inside, one stating it was for approximately six minutes, while another said he was inside the house for 40 to 45 minutes. The child’s mother claimed Boice had been inside "for a good twenty minutes." While no one could recall exactly how long Boice was absent from the group, they did remember his girlfriend was not with him, as the defense had stated, and the jury came back with a guilty verdict after deliberating for 36 minutes.

The victim’s sister was also a witness in the case. She testified that Boice had, several years ago, climbed into her bed one night and rubbed his penis against her buttocks.

The verdict came down in Burke County Superior Court with Judge William M. Fleming presiding.


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