Brunswick Man Pleads Guilty to 2017 Child Molestation and Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes
Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
State v. Wenda Lee Collins
December 13, 2023
District Attorney Keith Higgins announces that Wenda Lee Collins, 60, from Brunswick, pled guilty to one count of Child Molestation and one count of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes in lieu of a criminal jury trial, pursuant to a negotiated guilty plea in Glynn County Superior Court on December 13, 2023.
The facts of the case would show that the Brunswick Police Department responded to a sexual assault call on September 16, 2017, involving a 12-year-old female victim. The defendant, Wenda Collins, was a close friend of the victim’s family and she considered him to be her God Daddy. Over the years, Collins had given her and her family money to pay bills and had bought her clothes and gifts. During that same time, Collins had also started to rub her legs and her buttocks, kiss her, and call her his girlfriend. On September 16, 2017, Collins picked the victim up from her home where her family was having a cookout and brought her to his home. While there he took her into his bedroom and had her pull down her pants and lay on the bed. He then removed his pants and rubbed his penis on the outside of her vagina until he ejaculated. He then took her back to her home. Once home, the victim was confronted by some family members who were suspicious of why she had gone to Collins’ home. One of her relatives then disclosed for the first time that she too had been molested by Collins as a child. The victim then disclosed to a family friend what had just happened to her.
After the defendant’s arrest, a 2004 police report was discovered where another underage girl had alleged the defendant had molested her while she lived with him with her family. No charges were ever brought in that case after the victim’s mother said she had recanted. When that victim was contacted by the District Attorney’s Office, she said she had only done so because she was fearful of being removed from her home and separated from her younger sister.
A jury in this case was picked on Monday, December 11th and trial was to begin today; however, the defendant entered his guilty plea prior to opening statements. Part of the State’s case would have included testimony by the now two adult victims as to the molestation they had endured. The victims spoke at sentencing about how Collins’ abuse had affected them, and they were relieved not to have to endure going through a trial.
Following acceptance of the guilty plea to one count of Child Molestation and one count of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes, Superior Court Judge Roger B. Lane sentenced Collins to 15 years in prison followed by 15 years of probation. He will also have to register as a sex offender and be subject to the sex offender conditions of probation.
According to Nigel Lush, Chief Assistant District Attorney, who prosecuted the case, “All of Wenda Collins’ victims had similar stories to tell – years of grooming in the form of attention, affection, money, and gifts. In each case he eventually began to kiss them and rub on their legs and their buttocks before progressing to all manners of depraved sexual acts. Wenda Collins is a true pedophile. He was always around young girls, and we have no doubt that there are other victims out there. We hope this sentence provides these victims a measure of peace after such a long road to get to this day.”
Members of the media with further questions may contact the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office at 912-554-7200.