Partain enters best-interest guilty plea to molestation

The judge who had just sentenced Glen D. Partain to 20 years on several sexually related crimes had just a few questions for the man who admitted his guilt Monday in a best interest plea.

"I can think of nothing worse you can do to (a) child," Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Frank Jordan Jr. said. "Don't you want to say you're sorry? Do you have any remorse whatsoever?"

The 47-year-old Partain, however, only mumbled something about already having talked to the 13-year-old victim who he molested a number of times between March and October 2007.

Partain entered a best-interest guilty plea to charges including child molestation, statutory rape and enticing a child for indecent purposes. During one of the incidents, the encounter happened in front of a 5-year-old boy, who was able to describe what occurred, said Assistant District Attorney Jarrell Schley.

"I'm very happy with the sentence," Schley said. "We were able to achieve this because (the victim) was so strong and willing to testify. Her other teen-age friends made this possible."

Police learned about the allegations in October, when a friend of the victim went to Partain's home near Bibb City. The victim wasn't there, and Schley said Partain took her to a bedroom.

"He told her he would take her to Florida and the movies if he had sex with her," the prosecutor said.

Authorities also heard an MP3 recording of Partain and the victim. The girls shared each others MP3 players, and one day a friend had her mother listen to the recording. Afterward, the mother went to police and asked to speak with a detective.

"The sentence — it could have been much more severe had we gone to trial," said Kathryn Rhodes, Partain's attorney.

Jordan sentenced Partain to 20 years in prison, followed by 20 years' probation.