Special Photo: New charges for William Leonard Abbate, 45, include a sex offense against (a juvenile female) charge, and indecent liberties by a child custodian, according to Henry County Jail records.
Child molestation charges continue to mount for Henry County businessman, William Leonard Abbate. The Prince William County Police Department, in Virginia, recently issued a warrant for his arrest.
The new charges for Abbate, 45, include a sex offense against (a juvenile female) charge, and indecent liberties by a child custodian, according to Henry County Jail records.
“The Prince William County Police Department investigated a complaint regarding Mr. William Abbate that occurred in our jurisdiction, on April 8, 2011,” said the Prince William County Police Department’s public information officer, Mark Merriman.
“A felony warrant is on file, charging him with one count of Indecent Liberties by a Person in a Custodial or Supervisory Relationship. Extradition was approved by the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney,” Merriman said. “Mr. Abbate is expected to be extradited to Prince William County when he is eligible for release from Georgia.”
On Aug. 26, the Prince William County Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Abbate. According to the Virginia warrant, “... the accused William Abbate traveled to Prince William County to see a sick friend. While visiting the area he picked up the victim at Woodbridge High School and took her back to the Holiday Inn Express in Woodbridge, Va.. The two engaged in consensual ... sex inside the hotel room.
“The two had an ongoing sexual relationship that dated back to 2010 with most sexual acts occurring in Georgia where the accused lives,” added the warrant. “The accused is the shooting coach for the victim and was acting as so throughout their sexual relationship. The accused is a 45-year-old adult male and the victim is a 16-year-old juvenile female.”
In Henry County, Abbate is charged with child molestation, aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, sexual exploitation of children, and statutory rape.
He was scheduled to be released from the Henry County Jail on a $100,000 bond, with conditions, before the Virginia child molestation charges surfaced.
Henry County Superior Court Judge Arch McGarity set his bond Aug. 24. Abbate was arrested Aug. 18. The alleged, local offenses involving Abbate reportedly took place on March 17, 2010, at his home in McDonough, or on his farm in Butts County, according to police.
The conditions Judge McGarity set for Abbate’s bond include: He must wear a satellite monitor, both day and night; He cannot have contact with his alleged victim, or witnesses in the case; He must surrender his passport; His cellphone will be monitored by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and he is banned from traveling to Virginia, where his alleged victim now lives.
Henry County Senior Assistant District Attorney James L. Wright revealed during Abbate’s bond hearing that there were also alleged instances of inappropriate behavior between the victim and Abbate outside Georgia, including in California, Missouri, Virginia and Florida.