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Watkinsville man charged with aggravated child molestation gets probation in plea bargain


Ethan Klein

By Joe Johnson

A Watkinsville man who faced aggravated child molestation and related charges was recently sentenced to probation as part of a plea deal in which serious felony charges were dropped.

According to Superior Court records, Ethan Jericho Klein on Jan. 26 pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of statutory rape.

In return for the guilty plea, the Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez dismissed charges of aggravated child molestation, sexual exploitation of children, and internet solicitation for sex of a child.

Klein, 23, was sentenced to five years on probation.

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Just a few simple questions for everyone who commented.


We're you there for the entire case? We're you in the courtroom for each appearance? Do you know the facts in this case?


I seriously doubt it. You do not know anything about it other than he was accused of something. I bet if each one of you spent more time on facts instead of assuming because a person was accused of something, we, as Americans, would all be better off. Which one of you is without sin? Something to think about.

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Jeff O'Neal
Jeff O'Neal
Feb 09, 2023

I really want to know what this idiot DA was thinking. Deborah Gonzalez is a social justice activist who hates the rule of law...and should be held accountable for this!

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Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson
Feb 05, 2023

I have always considered myself an independent, even leaning to the liberal side. I hate Don Trump. But given the diviciveness recently and the way things are going, I find myself siding more and more with the conservative party. This DA is the Liberal version of Trump. I wondered how can good people that call themselves conservative back Trump, how can good people that call themselves liberal back Gonzalez? If you want to ignore common sense and make it about your political party, go ahead, we will continue to have our politicians be Trump and Gonzalez. I hope people will start voting with their heart and head and choose the righteous person, regardless of party.

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Jeff O'Neal
Jeff O'Neal
Feb 09, 2023
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Jesus Christ...Trump has nothing to do with this. This buffoon is a social activist who despises the law. Stick to the point instead of making shitty comparisons.

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AND the other guy convicted in Barrow county gets 20 years in federal + $250k penalty, sex offender for life for LOOKING AT child porn on a computer says it ALL! ACC & Oconee County DA office should be ashamed & appalled of themselves. Gonzales is a frickin joke. She needs to step down NOW! She clearly has no control of her department & she is an embarrassment & disgrace to these county’s. God prey none of their children are raped by an adult like this child was. This is appalling!!!

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This is the result of voters who focused on party and not experience. Now we are all paying the price as criminals walk our streets. How a person is elected into a position with absolutely no experience blows my mind. The public needs to see more articles like this so they can vote appropriately next round. Thanks to classic city news for keeping us informed.

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