Houston County Puts Sex Offenders Behind Bars
Two newly convicted sex offenders are off the streets of Houston County Monday night.
39-year-old Billy Joe Lane pled guilty to Aggravated Child Molestation and was sentenced to 25 years without parole. Upon release, he will be subject to rigorous sex offender probation for life and may not have any contact with the victim.
In June of 2011, Lane too an underage victim to a motel room on Watson Boulevard and once inside, gave the victim alcohol and raped her. According to a release, when a witness called police, the Defendant immediately jumped in his truck and fled the scene. Lane attempted to sell his vehicle for quick cash and told witnesses that he was going to Oklahoma. He also called the motel desk clerk to see if the police had arrived and offered the clerk $50 to not tell the police that he had called. Following a 3-month manhunt, Lane was located in Maryland where he was apprehended during a traffic stop.
17-year-old Douglas Draven Brown of Warner Robins was sentenced to 40 years, serving the first 16 in prison. Upon release, he will be subject to rigorous sex offender conditions and may not have any contact with children or the victim.
Brown was accused of engaging in a pattern of forced sodomy on an 8-year-old boy in 2011.
District Attorney Georgia Hartwig told WGXA, “I am extremely proud of our Sheriff’s Office and the Warner Robins Police Department for their commitment to justice. These are difficult cases, and today’s results show that our law enforcement is committed to justice for our victims.”
Assistant DA John Fowler prosecuted both cases and told WGXA, “These sentences reflect the serious nature of these crimes. Hopefully both victims will begin to find closure with these admissions of guilt.”