Columbus courts: Man once accused of enticing a child released from jail

A Columbus man accused in August of enticing a child was released from the Muscogee County Jail today after serving a sentence for simple battery, records state.

Bobby Wesley Jr., 53, was arrested Aug. 20 and charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes. At the time, police accused Wesley of grabbing a 12-year-old girl’s arm and pulling her away from her aunt’s South Andrews Circle home. The girl escaped and started running to her Cusseta Road home while Wesley followed her, telling her she shouldn’t be scared, reports state.

The girl reached her home, and her sister then followed Wesley to Victory Mobile Home Park. Officers found the suspect hiding when they arrived, though he told them he didn’t know anything about the girl’s story, police said.

The enticing a child charge was replaced with attempted kidnapping during the legal process. Superior Court Chief Judge John Allen dismissed the attempted kidnapping charge, jail records show.

Wesley was convicted of simple battery. His scheduled release date is today, records state.