A teenager accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl at Westminster Schools of Augusta was sentenced to 10 years’ probation Wednesday.
Jeremiah Coleman, 19, was indicted in February on two counts of aggravated child molestation, child molestation and aggravated sexual battery for the incidents, which occurred last October.
Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers said Wednesday that Coleman convinced the girl to have sex with him in his car during sporting events at the school. Myers said although there was evidence that Coleman made a “sustained effort” to get her to engage in sex acts, there was no indication that the girl was raped.
The girl eventually told someone what had occurred, and Coleman admitted everything to a Richmond County sheriff’s investigator, Myers said.
Since the indictment, Myers said Coleman has undergone therapy and counseling.
Extensive negotiations between the families of Coleman and the girl led to a new accusation to be filed Friday charging Coleman with two counts of felony false imprisonment. An attorney for her family said Wednesday they didn’t want Coleman to register as a sex offender.
The indicted charges were dropped Wednesday in exchange for Coleman’s guilty plea to false imprisonment. Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet accepted the negotiated plea.
“You’ve got a strong burden on your back … to prove you’ll do what you say you’ll do,” Overstreet said.