The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on March 29, 2018, a Bay County jury found Timothy Kyle Abney, 47, guilty of two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of a Child Under the Age of 12. During the trial, the two victims, who were sisters, and their mother testified that the Defendant, the former boyfriend of the mother, sexually molested the girls from 2011 until 2014. The older sister had initially reported the abuse years ago but recanted during the investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services. However, the two girls came forward in 2017 after the Defendant had moved out and could no longer abuse them. The case was investigated by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, the Springfield Police Department, and the Child Protection Team. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Peter Overstreet and Nicole Reed. Abney is facing 25 years to life in prison on each count, with a mandatory lifetime sexual predator designation and lifetime probation to follow his prison sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for May 14, 2018, before Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet.
For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.