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Bond granted in 20-year-old molest case

July 3, 2009 12:36 am


A judge yesterday granted a $100,000 bond to a man accused of molesting a young girl more than 20 years ago.

Earl Craven Likins, 62, of Spotsylvania County is charged with five counts of aggravated sexual battery and three counts of forcible sodomy.

He is accused of molesting girls that his wife baby-sat between 1980 and 1990, when he lived on Charles Street in Fredericksburg.

An investigation started in December when a woman who is now 33 contacted city police and said she had been molested years before.

In contesting Likins' bond request yesterday in Fredericksburg Circuit Court, prosecutor Andy Cornick told Judge Gordon Willis that Likins had made a full confession to Detective Mark Purcell in March.

Among the things Likins told the detective, Cornick said, was that he once had a 3-year-old girl perform a sex act on him while he was sitting on the toilet.

He also acknowledged that there were other victims, but he didn't recall their names, the prosecutor said.

"By his own admission, he is a serial child molester," Cornick said.

Defense attorney Jim Ilijevich said Likins has lifelong ties to the area and is not a flight risk. He also pointed out that he had no prior arrests and is the primary caretaker for his ailing wife.

As part of the bond conditions, Willis ruled that Likins would be on house arrest. He cannot leave the home other than to come to court or to visit doctors and his lawyer.

Likins is also forbidden to have contact with the alleged victims or anyone under 18.

His trial is scheduled for Sept. 3 in circuit court.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

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