Greenwood man convicted of child molesting

A Greenwood man has been found guilty on two child molestation charges from a 2019 case where he fondled two 10-year-olds.

Robert Pike, 51, was found guilty on two counts of Level 4 felony child molesting following a jury trial that concluded Thursday.

In April 2019, a woman told police that Pike had touched a female relative and the relative’s friend inappropriately that month, according to charging documents filed in Johnson County Circuit Court at the time.

One of the victims had told police Pike had touched her inappropriately on three separate occasions during that month. Each time, she was sitting on the couch when Pike touched her. She told him to stop on at least one occasion, and Pike told her not to tell anyone, according to court documents.

The second victim told police she was laying on a bed watching a show on a tablet when Pike touched her inappropriately, court documents said.

Pike the jury found Pike guilty of fondling both victims in an all-counts conviction.

The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office issued a statement about the conviction which thanked the Johnson County deputies who investigated the incident and the victims for their bravely in giving their testimony.

Pike was taken into custody at the Johnson County jail following the conviction, where he is awaiting his sentencing hearing on June 6.

Pike faces up to 24 years in prison. The prosecutor’s office intends to ask that Pike’s sentence be served exclusively in prison, without an option for probation, the statement says.