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Harlem 13-year-old will face aggravated child molestation charges

Friday, July 12, 2013 8:08 PM
Last updated Saturday, July 13, 2013 10:40 AM
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A 13-year-old boy accused of molesting a 4-year-old neighbor will be charged as an adult, authorities said.

The boy, Jacob Staffey, was arrested Friday during a hearing in Columbia County Juvenile Court at the request of Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine. Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan ordered sheriff’s deputies to take Staffey into custody to face aggravated child molestation charges related to a June incident in Richmond County.

According to a sheriff’s office report, Staffey and another boy are accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl on June 7 in the backyard of a home on Highview Court. The child’s mother told police her daughter came to her complaining that her genital area was hurting and eventually told her the boys pulled down her pants and molested her. The mother said she had repeatedly warned the two boys to stay away from her home.

At the time, Staffey was supposed to be under the supervision of his father, Stephen Staffey, Paine said. The boy and his three brothers had been sent to their father’s home after being released to him by the Department of Family and Children Services, which had taken them into protective custody after the arrest of their mother, Angela M. Staffey, 42, Paine said.

Angela Staffey, of Harlem, was arrested March 1 by Columbia County authorities after being accused of having sex with two juvenile boys in her home. An indictment in April charged her with 13 counts of child molestation, two counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of incest.

Paine told Flanagan the boys were not being properly supervised at their father’s home and they were communicating with their mother in jail who had been “threatening and scolding” the boys by phone. Paine said they were also being supervised and disciplined by their father’s girlfriend, whose own children had been taken away by state authorities.

Flanagan ordered DFCS to take custody of the younger boys and told Stephen Staffey he would appoint a lawyer to represent him in the custody matter. A hearing was set for July 22 for the father to plead his case.

“I have to do what is in the best interest of the children,” Flanagan said.

Paine said expects the 13-year-old will be charged with aggravated child molestation in the June assault, one of the so-called “seven deadly sins” in Georgia that allow authorities to charge children as young as 13 as adults. A Superior Court judge has the discretion to order the case returned to Juvenile Court, under that law.

In addition, Juvenile Court officials said they had also planned to charge Jacob Staffey with sexual battery related to a separate incident at a hearing next week.

Flanagan said, based on those charges and the new ones raised Friday, he found the boy a “danger to himself and to the community,” and had deputies remove him from court. Paine said he would remain at the Regional Youth Detention Center and an official warrant detailing charges would be issued Monday.

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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/13/13 - 08:24 pm
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Little Lamb, 13 years old??

Little Lamb, 13 years old??

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/13/13 - 08:26 pm
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The Augusta Chronicle needs

The Augusta Chronicle needs to stand up to the plate and post this child's photo and stand by their policy. I'm waiting.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/13/13 - 08:47 pm
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Don't look at me!

Hey, don't blame me, GAD. I was just quoting paragraph 1 in the story.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/13/13 - 10:36 pm
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Little Lamb, nobody is

Little Lamb, nobody is blaming you

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Steve Crawford 07/13/13 - 10:58 pm
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Staffey photo

For those concerned about Jacob Staffey's photo, the reason it hasn't been posted is that it is not available. The boy is at the RYDC, not the jail. The warrant for his arrest is expected to be served Monday. I believe at that point he will be required to be booked into the jail and a mug shot will be taken. I doubt he will be kept at the jail, but that is my speculation. As for naming him, I think it is important to provide the names of children who will be charged and tried as an adult in the court system. Anyone charged with a crime that could result in serious prison time should not remain anonymous, not for their sake or the the public's. We do not want to live in a society where people can be arrested and secreted away in jail without public record. Everyone deserves due process and the protection that an open court system provides. Naming him or anyone else charged with a crime helps ensure that people do not just disappear into police custody.
I'm not making a statement about this boy's guilt or innocence. The goal is to provide a factual account for the public record.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/14/13 - 10:51 am
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13 years old, Steve. Really??

13 years old, Steve. Really??thats what the United States of America has come to. Even the newspaper won't protect children anymore.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/15/13 - 07:48 am
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If a child is charged as an

If a child is charged as an adult; it's public record!! That's why it is on here with details such as names.

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Fiat_Lux 07/15/13 - 10:07 am
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Right on the money, Steve.

The alternative is to be like not-so-Great Britain. They have child murderers and even older murderers, charged as adults, who are incarcerated and released with new identifies.

And when they are convicted of the same or similar crimes after they are released from prison as fully grown adult predators, their new identities are still shielded from the public, including the families of their victims.

I know libtards are hell-bent on transforming us into the crucible of social degradation and depravity that is present-day Europe, but we who can still think and assess our situation dispassionately must keep the libtards from leading all the low-info lemmings off the cliff, so to speak, taking the whole nation with them.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/15/13 - 12:54 pm
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Lib tarb standing up here. So

Lib tarb standing up here. So where is the picture?

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bclicious 07/16/13 - 08:56 am
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I wish that there was another way.....

Unfortunately, this 13 yr old boy may be irrevocably screwed up in the head. If it were just one of those things where he could go into counseling, get on the proper medications, and complete some type of extensive pre-trail diversion program, and then all would be fixed; I think that would be great. However, life is not that simple.

The sad state of it, is that this 13 yr old has long term issues. Unfortunately, the only way to get this guy the help he needs, and to ensure that he can no longer hurt anyone else is to incarcerate him.

With that in mind; I disagree that he should be charged as an adult. I have an extensive career in law enforcement, and 2 degrees in criminal justice. In my judgement; this will only get worse if he enters the adult prison system as a 14 yr old.

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