Canadian comic writer charged with child cruelty over incident at wedding – WSB-TV Channel 2

BARROW COUNTY, Ga. — A popular comic book writer from Canada who came to metro Atlanta for a wedding, found himself handcuffed, charged with child cruelty after police said he had touched a child inappropriately.

Body Ngoy, 52, appeared before a judge on Monday over something his lawyer called a big mistake.

Lawyer Jackie Patterson said Ngoy had attended a wedding at the Chateau Elan resort in County Barrow early on Saturday when he said his client noticed someone he thought was a man who appeared to have passed out on a bench.

He said Ngoy bent down to watch him.

“When my client leaned over to say, ‘It’s okay, that surprised the person,’ Patterson told the judge. “That person then jerked up and his lips accidentally touched.

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Braselton police say it was not an accident. They say the person Ngoy locked lips with was a child and Ngoy was later arrested.

He now faces serious charges.

“It wasn’t an intentional touching,” Patterson said.

He told the judge that Ngoy had never had any problems and was a pillar of the community in Canada.

“He’s a prolific comic book writer when it comes to building the African-American community,” Patterson said. “That’s why we’re asking the court to grant him $5,000 bond.”

The judge granted this bond to Ngoy. She ordered him to stay away from the victim and to stay away from Chateau Elan.

Patterson assured that Judge Ngoy would return for any future legal proceedings.

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