Crimes against children indicted by grand jury

A father accused of disfiguring his child with a hot iron has been indicted on charges in connection with that incident, according to Clayton County Superior Court records.

Andre Demetrius Spoon, 40, has been indicted on aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges, under the Family Violence Act. He allegedly hit his child July 19 with a hot iron. The court documents state that the child's forearm was disfigured from the burn.

Spoon was also indicted for battery under the Family Violence Act for reportedly punching the child in the face, and simple battery under the Act, for allegedly spitting in the child's face. He also faces two counts of cruelty to children because the alleged acts were committed in front of another child.

Clayton County court records show that Spoon is out on bond.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Spoon served two separate terms in state prison for drug convictions.

Dione Leon Benjamin, 42, of Riverdale, remains in jail on the charges for which he was indicted. Prosecutors allege that Benjamin raped a female, and choked and beat a second female with a broom stick.

Benjamin is charged with rape, incest, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation, and battery, under the Family Violence Act, and two counts of aggravated assault.

James Richard Williamson, 48, of Ellenwood, is being held in the Clayton County Jail on $17,500 bond, after being arrested in August. He was indicted Wednesday on charges of sexual battery involving a child under 16, and the aggravated assault of a second person.

Arturo Garcia, Jr., is charged with child molestation, two counts of sexual battery, false imprisonment and enticing a child for indecent purposes. The case involves a victim under 16.