Appling man gets 23 months in videotaping case

An Appling man was sentenced to jail this morning for videotaping three others sexually assaulting a teen last fall.

Chief Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Clayton Edward Blanton, 22, to 23 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to unlawful surveillance. He gets credit for the 140 days he already spent in the Columbia County Detention Center after his September arrest.

Three others were charged in connection to the assault, which occurred at a home on Shaw Street in Martinez.

Jason Scott Turner, 22, of Evans; Robert Lincoln Levy, 20, of Augusta; and Tyler William Davitte, 23, of Martinez, were charged with aggravated sexual battery. Blanton also was charged with aggravated sexual battery, but the charge was dropped in the negotiated plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office.

Police received information Sept. 20 about underage drinking, drug activity and sex at a Shaw Street home in Martinez owned by Donald Everett Morrison.

The investigation found that in August an 18-year-old girl was drinking at the home. She and a friend reportedly passed out. The friend slept on a sofa and the 18-year-old went to a bedroom with one of the men. Two others came in and sexually assaulted her, police said.

A friend beckoned Blanton into the room to record video with his phone. He recorded the activities, but before leaving he woke up the victim’s friend to tell her what was happening in the bedroom.

Levy is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond. Davitte and Turner were released after posting $25,000 bonds each in October. They are awaiting trial.

Blanton was arrested again in May, after he was charged with a county ordinance violation for providing alcohol to at least three minors near his home.



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