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      Conviction upheld for accused Wilcox County man

      The Georgia Court of Appeals have upheld a 2011 child molestation conviction for Steven Bernard Taylor. / Georgia Department of Corrections

      The Cordele Dispatch reports that the Georgia Court of Appeals has upheld a 2011 child molestation conviction for Steven Bernard Taylor.

      Taylor was charged in Wilcox County in April of 2010 and was originally tried in Wilcox Superior Court where he was found guilty in December of 2011. He was sentenced to 20-years in prison, with 15-years to be served in the state penitentiary.

      Taylor then appealed to the higher court on grounds that his "counsel was ineffective," and the "trial court erred in admitting similar transaction evidence.

      Reports indicate that Taylor was originally charged with molesting his 12-year-old niece as the child attempted to collect a sum of money Taylor allegedly owed her mother.

      The sentence for the crime has been upheld, and Taylor is currently serving his time at the Wheeler Correctional Facility.

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