LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.- A Gwinnett County Judge denied bond to a former Georgia Tech football star and his wife charged with felony child cruelty and false imprisonment. Recardo and Therian Wimbush are accused of locking their son in their basement for two years, reports CBS affiliate WGCL.
A police officer testified during a probable cause hearing Thursday, saying the Wimbushes' 13-year-old son told authorities his parents forced him to live in the basement after he touched the genitals of nseveral of his siblings.
Another detective testified that the boy said he was forced to stay in the basement permanently after he stole one of his sibling's belongings, says the station.
Recardo Wimbush's attorney protested the judge's ruling by saying his client was showing tough love and that the boy needed help, according to WGCL.
"What you heard today was the child was disciplined because he had a tendency to be a sexual predator. The overall discipline was because the child began to exhibit patterns and behavior of being a sexual predator. This is a young child and the Wimbushes were trying to keep this child from being one of your prison inmates," said Dwight Thomas.
Recardo and Therian Wimbush have nine other children who are now in state custody.