A Forsyth County man pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of reckless conduct for biting and causing “bodily harm” to three 8-year-old girls.
Gordon Kent Nelson, 46, must serve 36 months on probation, complete 240 hours of community service and pay $3,165 in fines as part of a negotiated plea deal signed by State Court Judge Philip Smith.
Nelson must also have no contact with the families involved and “no unsupervised contact with children or minors under the age of 18,” according to the final disposition.
He also cannot consume or possess any alcohol and must submit to random tests.
On Aug. 28, 2009, Nelson bit the legs of his daughter and another girl who was spending the night at his home. He was also charged for the same actions on March 28, 2010.
Nelson also pleaded guilty to a charge of stalking that occurred on June 9, 2010, in which he followed one of the families of a girl who was bitten out of a Wal-Mart on Atlanta Highway “for the purpose of harassing them,” according to the final disposition.
He received an additional 12 months of probation for the stalking charge.
Nelson’s attorney, Harold Buckler, declined to comment on the case.
Paul Holbrook, the father of the girl involved in the first incident, said his family was glad to put the matter to rest.
“It’s been a long three years,” Holbrook said. “We’re quite pleased with the outcome and the fact that he has to undergo a polygraph by a sex offender specialist.”
That condition in his plea deal will require Nelson to be tested at the Highland Institute in Atlanta and undergo any treatment recommended.
Holbrook said the case was initially dismissed from Forsyth County Magistrate Court based on documentation, but the second incident reopened the charges against Nelson for biting his daughter.
Both Holbrook and Shawn Caton, the father of the other girl involved, thanked the solicitor’s office, sheriff’s investigators and victim’s advocates for pursuing the criminal case.
Caton said he felt the solicitor’s office worked within the full extent of state law, but “loopholes” allowed Nelson to receive a lesser penalty than he might have faced in other states.
“For what he did, I think the law has let our children down on this one,” Caton said. “I believe he’s an extremely big threat to the community.”