Ex-4-H worker charged with sex with teen

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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.

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