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Westminster student, 18, charged with having sex with 13-year-old

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 11:27 PM
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An 18-year-old Westminster Schools of Augusta student was arrested Thursday on charges he had sex with a 13-year-old student on school property on several occasions.

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Jeremiah Coleman

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies charged Jeremiah Coleman with aggravated child molestation, according to Capt. Scott Peebles.

Peebles said the sexual activity occurred over “a period of time” before school officials became aware and contacted police.

Under Georgia law, a 13-year-old can not consent to a sexual relationship.

Despite the charge, Peebles said there is no indication of physical force.

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madgerman
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madgerman 12/02/11 - 12:42 am
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So where is little Jeremiah
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So where is little Jeremiah today?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/02/11 - 01:59 am
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In jail. The school did the

In jail.
The school did the right thing by bringing in law enforcement as soon as this was discovered.
Prayers for all concerned. This young man just blew himself and his previously bright future up. What a shame.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 12/02/11 - 02:44 am
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You mean they weren't worried
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You mean they weren't worried they would be sued for turning in a child molester?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 12/02/11 - 03:59 am
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Iwannakno, Unlike at least

Iwannakno,

Unlike at least one local school board attorney, some folks aren't afraid of a state or federal courtroom.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/02/11 - 07:08 am
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Iwannakno - What would YOU

Iwannakno - What would YOU have done if you saw an 18-year-old and a 13-year-old girl doing this on your property? Never fear to do the right thing!!

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 12/02/11 - 07:39 am
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Westminster did the right

Westminster did the right thing by alerting the authorities. With that being said, this young man is innocent until/unless proven guilty. My prayers to both students and to their families.

GodisSoGood
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GodisSoGood 12/02/11 - 09:47 am
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So sad to see teens make

So sad to see teens make choices based on hormones that can change the course of their life forever. no doubt, he made a bad choice. But it sickens me to see the teen girls these days who put themselves out there for sexual pleasures. She should be held accountable, too. In this case, the law seems so unfair for him to be labeled as a sex offender while she will just go on with her life, and likely do the same thing with other guys.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 12/02/11 - 11:31 am
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Thank you GodisSoGood, I

Thank you GodisSoGood, I agree. I know this young man was wrong, but it does not surprise me that there was no physical force. Young teen girls are and have been having sex for many years (yes even 13 year olds and younger) and they know exactly what they are doing. What surprises me is we can charge 13 year olds as adults when they commit crimes but when it come to sex with a minor the coin flips and all of a sudden they are children. So in other words the law says if you are 13 you can consent to and make a conscious decision to commit a crime and be charged as an adult but you can't consent to make a conscious decision to have sex because you are a child. There is something very wrong with that.

momof3kiddos
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momof3kiddos 12/02/11 - 11:52 am
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I completely agree with

I completely agree with GodIsSoGood: young girls should be held responsible for their actions too. Although very young, she was an active participant in this; she may be naive but she was still not forced (according to the article). An 18 yr old boy should not be hanging out with a 13 yr old girl. This boy will forever have to register as a sex offender; his actions this year will effect the remainder of his life. When he's married and has children, if he wants to do something as simple as help with his son's cub scout troop, he will have to "check the box" that states he has been convicted of a crime. How about having to tell your future wife that because you acted with your hormones rather than your head, you now have a criminal record. Since most WSA students earn some sort of college scholarship, I would venture a guess that he just lost it. I feel for the parents of both families.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 12/02/11 - 01:08 pm
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The Westminster soccer moms
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The Westminster soccer moms will have plenty to gossip about now. Woo-hoo!

Seriously, this guy is a high school senior and he's having sex with a 7th or 8th grader? Sounds like he has other issues apart from those relating to hormones. I'm guessing he has trouble relating with girls his own age together with self-esteem and inferiority complex problems. Tragic.

BTW, the 13 year old was a girl, right? The article doesn't say. I'm thinking the word "sodomy" would have appeared somewhere if it was a boy.

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 12/02/11 - 01:48 pm
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"If it saves a child from

"If it saves a child from being molested it's worth it. Anyone that doesn't see that needs help." So exactly what IS the definition of molestation in a case like this? Agreed that what happened was wrong on BOTH parts - obviously though the girl didn't feel the need to report it to her parents or anyone else so where is the molestation? Maybe it is on HER part except for the fact that a male who is a legal adult participated in sexual acts with a female who is still defined as a child. The "crime" probably should be more properly charged as statutory rape rather than child molestation but it is what it is and his reputation, if convicted, will forever be marred. He probably isn't a sexual predator but just a young man who allowed his hormones to control him rather than the other way around. Fortunately a child wasn't born of this situation and only those who know the girl will probably ever know her name, another injustice in a situation like this but he DID have the responsibility to just say no to his own hormonal pressures. Now his life has been tainted in the eyes of many. Some states are changing laws to remove the necessity to register as a sex offender when consensual sex between teens occurs; perhaps it is time for Georgia to do the same because this young man should have a very long life that will forever be marred by his indiscretions.

momof3kiddos
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momof3kiddos 12/02/11 - 02:21 pm
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If he was 17 would he still

If he was 17 would he still have been charged? I'm unsure of GA law regarding this area.

Vito45
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Vito45 12/02/11 - 03:47 pm
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I believe the age of consent

I believe the age of consent in Ga is 16, so 17 would bring a SR charge still. This is why that imaginary dividing line is silly. A couple two days difference in age having sex could land one in jail and the other scot free. There needs to be some judicial latitude when it is consensual. It this particular case though, not much latitude to be had with an 18YO and one that is 13. He needs a bit more than a hand slapping.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 12/02/11 - 03:46 pm
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Yes momof3kiddos, don't you

Yes momof3kiddos, don't you remember a couple years back about the female who was 17 at the time and the boy was 15, she was charged as a sex offender for having oral sex with him. The laws definitely need to be changed, with the circumstances and with what type of act is considered to be a sexual predator. I doubt that this young man is that... and you are right coastaldawg he is 18 which is a legal adult, but they are both highschool students.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/02/11 - 08:05 pm
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It does seem unfair for the

It does seem unfair for the boy, many times, but what the law has taken into consideration (and so should we) is the vast difference between the emotional maturity of an 18 year old and a 13 year old. We should also remember that it works in the reverse with older girls and younger boys.

How sad that children are trying to get their emotional needs met with earlier and earlier sexual contact. We need to address the need, in the home and in the school system.

No finger pointing from any of us, since we are or were all open to the same circumstances. I am sorry for both families and hope they will both find ways to grow through this.

Frank I
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Frank I 12/03/11 - 09:02 am
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"How sad that children are

"How sad that children are trying to get their emotional needs met with earlier and earlier sexual contact"

I don't think things are changing as much as you think. You're just hearing about it more easily now due to the instant communication world we live in now.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/03/11 - 09:17 am
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Corgi has said on here that

Corgi has said on here that this happens at very early ages....even younger than10 years old...shocked me because at 10 I couldn't imagine sex acts ....so what has changed in todays world....tv--news-movies-parents not caring.....or all of the above..

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/03/11 - 03:12 pm
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Frank, So it's just all

Frank, So it's just all okay...nothing that can be done to help the situation?

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