A Superior Court judge granted bond Friday to a former 4-H worker accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
Judge Albert Pickett granted $25,000 bond to Jennifer Gayle Davenport, 26, of Augusta.
Davenport was arrested Monday after a Martinez mother told Columbia County sheriff’s investigators that she discovered Davenport “had been involved in a sexual relationship” with her daughter, according to an incident report and sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Davenport was charged with aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery.
Assistant District Attorney Melissa Marks said the girl told her mother that Davenport performed oral sex on her and asked that she reciprocate. The girl’s mother said she found sexually explicit text messages from Davenport on her daughter’s cellphone.
Conditions of Davenport’s bond are that she have no contact with the girl, an active 4-H participant, or her family and no contact with minors.
“This friendship, whatever it is or was, must end immediately,” Pickett said. “There must be no communication.”
Davenport worked with 4-H for about a year and quit as a program assistant about three weeks before her arrest, according to Shirley Williams, Columbia County’s 4-H coordinator.
Through her job, Davenport had regular contact with children in and out of schools. More than 20 people, including some former 4-Hers, appeared in court in support of Davenport.
Marks opposed granting bond because she said Davenport was a threat to intimidate witnesses and might have had inappropriate relations with minors before.
“She does have a close relationship to the kids in 4-H,” said Davenport’s attorney, Shawn Hammond. “But she denies these allegations.”