John Wesley Speer of Marietta Admits to Child Rape

John Wesley Speer, admitted child rapistOn the eve of Thanksgiving comes news for which we can all give thanks.  John Wesley Speer, an admitted child rapist, is behind bars.

Speer turned himself in at Greenville County Law Enforcement Center and now faces five counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

71-year-old Speer told Greenville County deputies he sexually abused five children between 1982 and 1997.  The victims were members of his family, some of whom accompanied him when he turned himself in.

Matt Armstrong, of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said it was unusual for someone to come to the sheriff’s office front desk, along with some of their alleged victims, and confess to a crime.

“It is a very rare incident that someone would take it upon their free will, basically to come in and talk to law enforcement about this matter,” he said.

Fox Carolina reports:

According to arrest warrants, Speer forced three girls and two boys to perform oral sex on him. The warrants also accuse Speer of performing oral sex on the children, some as young as four years old. Speer is also accused of forcing the children to have intercourse with him, according to the warrants

Speer is being held on $250,000 bond.


9 Responses to “John Wesley Speer of Marietta Admits to Child Rape”

  1. Cynthia R., Travelers Rest on November 26th, 2009 4:05 am

    God bless this man’s family. May they find the strength to weather the media attention this case will receive. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones. I hope they are able to avoid feeling as though they are being victimized all over again when the case goes to trial.

  2. Fern George on November 26th, 2009 1:56 pm

    Awful, just awful. I wonder if the family finally got together and forced him to confess like an intervention. They probably refused to sit through one more Thanksgiving of lies and deceit. Good on them standing up and refusing to continue being victims of this child rapist.

  3. Jimmie on November 26th, 2009 7:31 pm

    Please don’t let there be more victims. Five is five too many.

  4. Carol Golden on November 28th, 2009 12:26 am

    If only he turned himself in earlier so he could rot in jail for even more y ears. At 71 yo he might not even live that long in jail so he will meet his maker’s judgement before long.

  5. lucy on November 30th, 2009 10:17 am

    what about the little boys at the “ridge” over 40 years ago, is he going to admit that?????????????? ask him about that sheriff’s department. the ridge is in mcintosh county ga

  6. denise on February 18th, 2010 8:05 pm

    i know this family personally and they are a good christian family. john speer drove the church van when i was a kid going to church in cleveland and i was flabergasted when i seen this on the news. i am the same age as his children and my heart hurts for them knowing they lived with tht horrible thing for so many years. the family is in my thoughts and prayers and they need to be encouraged and lifted up and reassured tht it was in no way shape or form their fault!

  7. alias family member on September 15th, 2010 9:24 pm

    knowing this family for many years, I am very sorry the children didn’t leave the home alot earlier to safe havens, they shouldn’t have ever had to tolerate any of this. This is something you never get over in life. This man has personally affected my life in a very negative way. The “I’m a devout christian family man” farce he put up as a facade for so many years was just a smokescreen for the horrible acts he committed against his precious family, not to mention all the shame and heartache he has caused the rest of his family. We should still have “eye-for-an-eye” justice for criminals like him. Burn In Hell you dirty rotten bastard!

  8. a survivor of this one on February 6th, 2014 12:52 pm

    to: alias family member and lucy.
    would like to talk with you more, please.
    Please if you are still on, get in touch with me.

  9. Bobbi Worrell on March 24th, 2016 11:41 am

    I’ve known this family all my life..grew up on the Ridge..very sad.

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