MOULTRIE — The third of four family members accused of having sex with underage relatives — in what investigators and prosecutors deemed the worst child molestation case they have ever seen — was sentenced recently after entering a guilty plea.

Two of the victims were 6 years old at the time the alleged sexual abuse took place.

Gary Wayne Arms, 43, was the third family member to plead guilty in the case, entering a plea to one count of child molestation.,

He was sentenced July 24 to serve 10 years in prison, 10 years on probation, fined $3,000 and ordered to reimburse $500 in attorney costs.

In addition he will be subject to special conditions for sexual offenders that include not having contact with, or residing with, any child under age 18, including his own children; no contact with victims; and mandatory attendance and participation in sexual offender evaluation and treatment.

He originally was indicted on six counts of aggravated child molestation and four counts of child molestation. The indictment accused him of numerous sex acts involving two of the three female victims and the male victim and of touching the third girl, all of whom were related to their abusers.

The victims included two 6-year-olds, an 8-year-old and a 14-year-old.

Arms’ plea followed those of his wife, Angela Marie Arms, 22, and Russell James Fronteras, 22, both of whom pleaded guilty in August 2008. The couple, Fronteras and Carol Jean Beard, 38, whose case has not been disposed of, were accused in September 2006 in a 22-count indictment of committing sexual acts on the four children between May 2004 and July 2006.

Fronteras, who pleaded guilty to a single count of child molestation, was sentenced in 2008 to six years in prison, four years on probation, a $1,500 fine, reimbursement of $500 in attorney costs and ordered to have no contact with the victims.

Angela Arms pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation and was sentenced to serve five years prison with five years of probation, a $2,000 fine and to adhere to sex offender conditions after her release from prison.

At that time the district attorney’s office and Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office investigators termed the molestation the worst they had ever seen. Because of the length of time the abuse took place and the multiple victims involved the prosecutor’s office doubted whether the 22 counts in the indictment fully covered the extent of the abuse.

Investigators said the sexual abuse was discovered when the elementary-aged sister of the 14-year-old victim walked in on Fronteras forcing sexual intercourse on the teen.

The younger sister had begun talking about the alleged abuse at school, leading to the investigation.

In other sentences:

• Charles L. Boyd Jr., possession of cocaine, four years’ probation, $750 fine, attend alcohol, drug and psychiatric testing and treatment. Driving under the influence, 12 months’ probation concurrent with first sentence, $750 fine.

• Robert Williams Sr., crossing guard line with contraband, one year prison with credit for time served, four years’ probation, $1,500 fine, reimburse $500 attorney costs.

• Michael Lamar Gay, criminal use of an item with altered identification, two years’ probation, $500 attorney costs.

• Kirby Bernard Thomas, possession of prohibited items by an inmate, one year prison with credit for time served, four years’ probation, $2,000 fine, 40 hours’ community service work, attend alcohol, drug and psychiatric testing and treatment, $500 attorney costs.

• David Ogletree, obstruction of an officer, three years’ probation, $1,500 fine, 12 weekends’ jail, $500 attorney costs.

• Krystle L. Willis, driving under the influence, $1,000 fine, 240 hours’ community service work, seven weekends’ jail, attend alcohol testing and treatment, $250 attorney costs, attend Mothers Against Drunk Driving classes, attend DI risk-reduction program.

• Vandy L. McBride, statutory rape, 12 months’ to serve with credit for time served. Statutory rape, 12 months to serve consecutive with first sentence, $500 fine, attend alcohol, drug and psychiatric testing and evaluation, revocation of probation in Aug. 24, 2007, sentence on a count of sale of marijuana. Sale of marijuana, five years’ probation, $1,200 fine, $500 attorney costs.

• Paul Lewis Strickland, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, five years’ probation, $2,000 fine, attend alcohol and drug testing and treatment, $500 attorney costs.

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