Augusta man accused of rape could be reconsidered for release on bond

Jenkins

A request to reduce bond for an Augusta man facing rape and burglary charges was denied Friday, but the judge said she would reconsider if certain conditions are met.

Benjamin Jenkins, 32, has been in jail unable to post a $45,000 cash bond since his arrest in the May 12, 2012, sexual assault of a woman asleep in her bed with her 8-month-old child.

Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine told Judge Sheryl B. Jolly that the man who attacked the resident last spring broke into her home by climbing through a window.

When arrested, Jenkins had a package of condoms, the same brand as an opened package found at the victim’s home, Paine said. He also had a BB gun.

Jenkins’ previous convictions include fleeing from a law enforcement officer, statutory rape and shoplifting.

James Walker, of the public defender’s office, asked the judge to reduce bond. Jenkins’ mother will allow him to live with her, and she is willing to post her home for a property bond.

Jolly denied the request to lower the bond or consider a property bond. However, she said she would reconsider if Jenkins used a professional bonding company and agreed to electronic monitoring at his own expense.

Walker said Friday that he will file a motion to suppress any statement Jenkins made because investigators did not follow the proper procedure to interview a deaf suspect. An interpreter was in court Friday to ensure Jenkins understood what was said during the Richmond County Superior Court bond hearing.

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