Fiek gets 90 years for
By Channel 2 Action News & The Associated Press
Is the sentence fair?
October 19, 2001 -- A 30-year-old former church martial arts
instructor was sentenced today to 90 years in prison. More local news:
Superior Court Judge George Kreeger also sentenced Gunther Fiek today to 90 years
Fiek showed no emotion
when Kreeger announced the sentence.
A jury convicted Fiek of 18 counts of
child molestation and three counts of aggravated child molestation in
Fiek taught tae kwon
do lessons to almost 100 children at Eastside Baptist
Church in Marietta when he was charged with molesting the boys, ages 4
to 12. The alleged abuse occurred over a four-year period, from October
1996 to November 2000.
The church, one of the largest in Atlanta's
affluent northwestern suburbs, has nearly 5,000 members. Fiek also instructed
Sunday school and a soccer camp at the church.
He had faced a
maximum of more than 400 years in prison.
In an interview last
week, Fiek told the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he may have touched some of the boys in
his class "inappropriately" but says the contact was not for sexual
He said the children told the truth "as they see it." He
also told the newspaper he was probably "more touchy" with his students
than he should have been but says the contact was never for sexual
Cobb County District Attorney Pat Head called the
sentence "fair," adding that the judge "did what he thought was
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