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Martinez Couple Charged with Molesting Child & Committing Incest While Living in Wrens


The GBI has arrested a Martinez couple for despicable sex crimes, accused of alleged acts on a child that took place in Jefferson County over the past seven years, authorities said.

Richard Wood, 44, and Lynda Wood, 31, have both been charged with aggravated child molestation and incest. The case was opened last Tuesday when the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was asked to investigate allegations of child molestation that occurred while the Woods were living in Wrens.

“Preliminary information indicates that between May of 2015 and January of 2021, the couple had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor child,” a GBI press release says.

GBI agents searched their home last Wednesday on Renee Court in Martinez and seized electronic evidence connected to the case. They were transported to the Columbia County Jail before being transferred to Jefferson County.

This investigation is active and ongoing, the GBI said. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the GBI Region 7 Office in Thomson at 706-595-2575.  Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

Once the investigation is complete, the case file will be given to the Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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