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Augustan, 19, gets probation after teen sex charge

Sex charges become false imprisonment

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 11:44 AM
Last updated 9:31 PM
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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.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/31/12 - 11:58 am
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Six Years

I wouldn't have thought that a six year difference between perpetrator and victim would qualify for leniency under the Romeo & Juliet rule.

peace and hope
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peace and hope 10/31/12 - 12:34 pm
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Romeo and Juliet rule

Here is the current rule in regards to the Romeo and Juliet clause:

Require punishment for a conviction of child molestation, statutory rape or enticing a child as a misdemeanor when the victim is 14 to 15 years old, and the defendant is under 18 years of age, and not more than 4 years older than the victim.

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tanbaby 10/31/12 - 02:46 pm
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13????? what is happening to

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13????? what is happening to kids these days???? they want to grow up so fast and then when they finally do, they look back and say how much they miss their childhood....and the 19 yr old couldn't find anyone closer to his age that would have sex with him???? gotta go for the little girls, huh??? easier to persuade....

countyman
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countyman 10/31/12 - 02:54 pm
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Too bad poor/lower income

Too bad poor/lower income students get prison time instead.

TParty
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TParty 11/01/12 - 10:26 am
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No, this guy is a sex

No, this guy is a sex offender. 19 year old having sex with a 13 year old? The developmental stages between the two are astronomical. This isn't a recently 18, turned 19 year still trying to hang out with his 16 year old girl friend. 13 years old. Predator for sure.

TParty
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TParty 11/01/12 - 10:31 am
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"Too bad poor/lower income

"Too bad poor/lower income students get prison time instead."

I do wonder what the wealth is of these people. An adult diddling a 13 year old, and he get false imprisonment only?

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/01/12 - 07:58 pm
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Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet Please rethink this.

The 19 y/o man was doing a 13 year girl?????????????

Call him back into court, add a Statutory Rape charge at a minimum. He is a sex offender no matter how much counseling he gets. He still did it, he admitted it and is likely to be a name we will see in print again.

Otherwise you just opened the barn door by setting a precedent .

If someone repeats this crime but also undergoes therapy and counseling will you let them off?

If they can't afford to undergo therapy and counseling will the taxpayer now have to pick up the tab in order to maintain equal justice?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/02/12 - 01:53 pm
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I dunno

The girl's family supported the plea bargain and everyone is getting therapy. Also he was NEVER charged with rape, but with other crimes. Read more carefully before commenting, folks.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/02/12 - 09:53 pm
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What type of parent could be this understanding?

By OCGA a 13 year old cannot legally make a decision to engage in sex.

They are below the age of consent in GA.

Therefore, it is a Criminal act for anyone to have sex with a 13 year old.

Why wasn't even a restraining order put in place?

I smell a rat.
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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/02/12 - 10:03 pm
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The OCGA CODES

Read the LAW yourself.
An ask why we need to understand that the parents are ok with this?

O.C.G.A. § 16-6-3. Statutory rape.
(a) A person commits the offense of statutory rape when he or she engages in sexual intercourse with any person under the age of 16 years and not his or her spouse, provided that no conviction shall be had for this offense on the unsupported testimony of the victim.

O.C.G.A. § 16-6-5. Enticing a child for indecent purposes.
(a) A person commits the offense of enticing a child for indecent purposes when he or she solicits, entices, or takes any child under the age of 16 years to any place whatsoever for the purpose of child molestation or indecent acts.

(b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, a person convicted of the offense of enticing a child for indecent purposes shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than ten nor more than 30 years. Any person convicted under this Code section of the offense of enticing a child for indecent purposes shall, in addition, be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Section 17-10-6.2.

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