An Augusta woman who worked with students in Columbia County’s 4-H program has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Jennifer Gayle Davenport, 26, of the 1300 block of Baker Avenue, has been held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center since her arrest Monday, according to jail records.
Davenport is charged with aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. The girl’s mother told Columbia County sheriff’s investigators that she discovered her daughter “had been involved in a sexual relationship” with Davenport, according to Capt. Steve Morris and an incident report.
Davenport was employed by Career Services, Columbia County’s temporary services contractor, said County Administrator Scott Johnson.
A message left requesting information about her employment with Career Services was not immediately returned.
Davenport performed hourly work for about a year as a program assistant for 4-H with the Columbia County Extension Service, said Shirley Williamson, the county coordinator for 4-H.
“She quit working here to find full-time employment about three weeks ago,” Williamson said. “The incident was not at a 4-H event and was out in the community somewhere, and I do not even know what child is involved,” or whether the teen was a participant in 4-H.
Morris said Davenport was the teen’s 4-H adviser and said the incidents occurred at the girl’s residence.
“She worked a few hours a week,” Williamson said. “A lot of work she did was here in the office. She did a lot of work with the kids who were in the office, but we’re very highly discouraged from being alone with a child at any time.”
All 4-H personnel must undergo a background check by the University of Georgia, which operates the service, and in addition to passing that check Davenport had been screened by Career Services, Williamson said.