Accused child molester back in jail

— A bonding company withdrew its guaranty Friday for a McDonough man facing 24 counts related to child molestation and other sex charges.

JAM Bonding Co. withdrew the surety for William Leonard Abbate, 46. He was booked into the Henry County Jail but is being held in the Clayton County Jail.

Clayton sheriff’s Capt. Brian Crisp said Abbate asked to be housed in Jonesboro to be closer to his mother.

“It’s not out of the ordinary for us to board for other agencies,” said Crisp.

Abbate has a $100,000 bond on charges that include aggravated child molestation, child molestation, statutory rape, sexual exploitation of children and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

The charges involve one alleged victim, a girl who was being coached by Abbate, a professional shooter. The girl, 15, lives in Virginia and Abbate faces similar charges there. He was allowed to attend court hearings in Prince William County, Va., but he had to leave his itinerary with Henry Superior Court and wear an ankle monitor.

Another condition of his Oct. 27 release was to have no contact with the girl or her family except through attorneys.

Prior to his arrest, Abbate was a managing member of Big 5 Enterprises LLC, which bought six hangars at Atlanta South Regional Airport. He announced last year his plan to turn the hangars into a movie studio.

Abbate is due in court Oct. 22 for trial but it is unsure if the case is ready to proceed.