Athens, GA - Police have arrested a legless man on charges that he raped an 11-year-old relative.
Athens-Clarke police Capt. Clarence Holeman said that the woman became suspicious after 33-year-old Elbert Roman Tate made two trips in a wheelchair to use a restroom on the other side of the home, even though “there was another one next to their bedroom.” The bathroom he chose was located next to the bedroom of the woman’s 11-year-old daughter.
“She felt something wasn’t right because he was gone so long, and she actually heard him go into the bathroom that’s adjacent to the child’s bedroom,” Holeman said. Holeman added that the woman stated that one of Tate’s “bathroom visits” took about 45 minutes.
Holeman said that later, after Tate had left the residence, the woman took it upon herself to ask her daughter if anything happened. According to Holman, the girl reportedly responded that “Tate had wheeled himself into her room, climbed into her bed, then fondled [her] and raped her.”
According to Holeman, Investigators collected evidence that corroborated the girl’s story.
“I don’t want to say what we have, but it’s definitely a good case and we can back it up in court,” Holman – who is commanding officer of the Centralized Criminal Investigations Division – said adding “I read the report (Wednesday) morning with disgust.”
Tate was charged with rape, child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery, police said. He was denied bond. These charges come just weeks after Tate pleaded guilty to simple battery and obstruction of a 911 call stemming from an altercation with the victim’s mother.
In regards to this case, it sounds like Tate… doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Yeah.Tags: Child Molestation, Elbert Tate, Georgia, Rape, Sexual Battery