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Martinez man granted bond on rape charge

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A judge granted a bond Thursday for a Martinez man arrested nearly two years after a teen first claimed he raped her.

The Superior Court judge granted Michael James O'Grady Jr., 43, of West Lake Drive, a $75,000 bond . He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday .

A then-17-year-old reported the alleged rape, but opted not to prosecute at the time, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said. Now 19, she changed her mind and wants to press charges, Morris said.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 08/06/10 - 06:14 am
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What a strange development.

What a strange development. The long "hesitation" on prosecuting the alleged rape will make this case difficult for the "victim".

cparker
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cparker 08/06/10 - 06:14 am
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Westlake Drive? Please don't

Westlake Drive? Please don't tell me people from the upper side of the tracks decide to commit crimes too. I guess south Augusta isn't the only place with crimes. Immorality has no race, no gender, and no address!!

justus4
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justus4 08/06/10 - 06:53 am
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The victim CAN'T determine
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The victim CAN'T determine the law! The authorities should have prosecuted the case without the victim's support, expecting that a future development such as EXACTLY what happen, would happen. They would've handled this totally different had either individual been U know what...so now they've got a glaring example of selective prosecution, but saying "the girl opted not to prosecute" which insults anyone with a college degree.... and the guy gets bond. What a complete joke in the application of established laws and the thought process of those responsible for upholding them.

sidetracked
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sidetracked 08/06/10 - 06:54 am
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cparker, of course crime is

cparker, of course crime is committed everywhere and by people of all income levels. Having said that, let's wait to see what the facts are before we convict someone. There are already enough red flags with this case to indicate a huge amount of doubt.

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corgimom 08/06/10 - 06:59 am
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A 17 year old would not be

A 17 year old would not be able to pursue such charges on her own as a minor. Now she's 19 and an adult, and she has decided to pursue it. I don't see anything strange about this.

I find it appalling that anyone would sit in judgment of this girl. Rape is shattering. For all that any of you know, perhaps she was so traumatized that it took her this long to recover to the point where she could cope with it.

What 17 year old COULD handle a sexual assault? It's devastating for mature adults- but it appears that some of you think a 17 year old should handle it without breaking a sweat.

Sad, just plain sad.

KingJames
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KingJames 08/06/10 - 07:51 am
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My first thought would have

My first thought would have been to question the parents for not pursuing this case, but then I realized they could have done what they thought was best for their daughter's stability at the time. Now that she is an adult and appears to be able to handle reliving the horror in order to prosecute, I hope no evidence has been lost so that a fair trial can take place. And, if found guilty, I hope Mr. O'Grady receives the maximum punishment under the law. Again, I hope no evidence has been lost and that the trial is fair for both the victim and the defendant.

urright
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urright 08/06/10 - 08:42 am
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Justus--obviously you have

Justus--obviously you have never tried to prosecute a case without the assistance of the victim. It makes it very difficult--no, impossible. Race has nothing to do with it. At 17, the girl is only considered a minor in cases of deprivation, not prosecution decisions.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 08/06/10 - 09:17 am
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wonder if he stopped paying
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wonder if he stopped paying her...

disssman
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disssman 08/06/10 - 09:36 am
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Corgi. I assume she had a

Corgi. I assume she had a mother for advice and comfort. Isn't that a mothers job, to protect her children and make legal decisions on their behalf? She is lucky I am not on a jury pool, because I don't like justice delayed, for any reason.

Truckin - my thoughts exactly.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/06/10 - 10:16 am
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Justus, your racism is

Justus, your racism is diminishing your common sense at an alarming rate, college degree...ok. lol Why would the state go ahead and prosecute without the parents or victim? On a case like that, where the victim wont give them dna by consenting to an exam or waited until the evidence was gone and the victim and her parents will not testify, what proof is there? They are going to chance ruining a possibly innocent mans life with absolutely no proof to back up the arrest or prosecution? She may very well have been assaulted and if so then he should pay the price, but with absolutely no proof on such a serious allegation, you can't go around accusing people of being child molesters and ruining their lives on the say so of someone not willing to cooperate without any other evidence what so ever. I mean even with domestic abuse where one wishes not to prosecute and they arrest one anyway on behalf of the state, they have evidence of them seeing the injuries or the vandalism in the house or neighbors or something. They arent going to ruin someones life over an accusation with absolutely no evidence and no cooperation from the victims.

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montega12 08/06/10 - 10:22 am
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first one of the charges was

first one of the charges was that he gave alcoho to a minor as we have seen in columbia county you dont need a parent to take that to prosecution but the sheriffs department didnt prosecute that either......also why isnt the friend that DROPPED HER OFF even mentioned how many times had this FRIEND dropped off other girls to this guy.....17 year olds are not dumb and everyone says that girls are more mature than boys.... it also said the girl started drinking with the man first thing in the morning doesnt sound like she was there for a babysitter interview now does it... LIKE THEY SAID SHE WAS...i think the man stopped writing checks to the girl...i have a feeling this will not go too far...and i do believe there was more to this story to begin with you have to get through the guard shack at westlake and it seems it was pretty easy to get the girls friend to leave....shouldnt the friend be an accessory after the fact.....besides she was allegedly raped against a golf cart on the golf course in BROAD DAYLIGHT....just doesnt sound right

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Barry Paschal 08/06/10 - 12:13 pm
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Montega12: The rape is

Montega12: The rape is alleged to have occurred at 1 a.m., in the middle of the night - NOT "in broad daylight." That's been covered in previous stories, though not in this one.

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Riverman1 08/06/10 - 12:28 pm
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Corgimom said, "A 17 year old

Corgimom said, "A 17 year old would not be able to pursue such charges on her own as a minor. Now she's 19 and an adult, and she has decided to pursue it. I don't see anything strange about this."

A 17 year old certainly could have pursued criminal charges against the man. A 17 year old can also go to jail as an adult if she commits a crime. As we have discussed 17 is the age of consent so we are not talking about statutory rape here. Who was the person who took her there? What do her parents say about it now?

Montega12 makes great points except his error about the time of the alleged rape on the golf course.

montega12
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montega12 08/06/10 - 03:35 pm
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oh well that makes her story

oh well that makes her story even worse then interviewing for a babysitters job and drinking alcohol at 1 a.m. in the morning its a good thing you arent her lawyer that makes the story even more unbelievable.......so the friend said hey i know this guy that wants to interview you about babysitting his kids he wants us to meet him at 1 am on the golf course then her friend leaves her at 1 am in the morning alone okie dokie glad you set me straight on that one

montega12
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montega12 08/06/10 - 03:40 pm
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and i dont know if many know

and i dont know if many know this i have friends in westlake and the golf course is a pretty popular spot to have sex at as i was a student at lakeside many years ago.....and it still is....this chick knew what was up in my humble opinion...was the girl or her friend a resident of westlake because you are not gonna get through the guard gate that late at night without a phone call

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 08/06/10 - 09:10 pm
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I want some of whatever

I want some of whatever JUSTUS4 is smoking.....

ldareme2
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ldareme2 08/06/10 - 10:51 pm
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Ok- To Riverman1 and

Ok- To Riverman1 and Sidetracked- It is obvious that you are family members of this predator. It is a sad sorry, never the less. The teen’s family decided not to prosecute because of the embarrassment it would cause to a family from Westlake! This poor girl had no one at the innocent age of 17! Her parents and law enforcement, both abandon her… she was 17, still very young, scared and naïve. Think about it- something had to happen for this girl to want to report it now… like maybe he tried it again or is stalking her… A lot of things will come out in trail and “yes” it has been a long time. I just hope this monster doesn’t get away with this, but if he does, he WILL try it again. O’Grady’s arrogance will be his worst enemy… Sleep tight, Mr. O’Grady, sleep tight!
P.S. Has Mrs. O’Grady filed for divorce yet??

ldareme2
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ldareme2 08/06/10 - 11:25 pm
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Oh,... and someone isn't

Oh,... and someone isn't released on a $75,000 bond if there isn't some kind of evidence!

montega12
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montega12 08/07/10 - 05:28 pm
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no idareme all crimes have a

no idareme all crimes have a bond figure attached to them according to the severity

sidetracked
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sidetracked 08/07/10 - 06:33 pm
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ldareme, I'm no family

ldareme, I'm no family member, but I've heard enough from the public information to know there is a lot of doubt as to whether any crime took place. It wouldn't surprise me to see the case dropped fairly soon.

On the other hand you sound like more than just a bystander in this case. I've only responded with rational comments reminding everyone that there are two sides to every story and a person is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. There are plenty of open and shut cases where the crime was committed in front of cameras and witnesses, but this is certainly not one of those cases.

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