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Probation granted in child sexual battery

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 3:53 PM
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An Augusta man accused of fondling a 6-year-old girl pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual battery.

Jason Steinmeyer, 35, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two counts of the crime. Judge J. Wade Padgett accepted the plea negotiation of five years on probation, with the first 12 months under house arrest with electronic monitoring.

Padgett also sentenced Steinmeyer under the First Offender Act, which means if Steinmeyer successfully completes his sentence no conviction will be on his record and he will no longer have to register as a sex offender. If he is unsuccessful, Steinmeyer can be re-sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

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myfather15
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myfather15 12/12/13 - 06:25 pm
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Fondling a 6 year old??? It

Fondling a 6 year old??? It takes a vile, disgusting piece of trash to touch a 6 year old for sexual pleasure?

House arrest? Seriously? So he gets to sit on his butt, playing video games, eating Cheetos, drinking Mt. Dew and that is his punishment!! Once again, another pathetic sentence for a disgusting human being!! Thank you Judge Padgett!! We appreciate you're wise discernment!! (I seriously hope you're getting the severe sarcasm!!)

mllange
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mllange 12/12/13 - 08:50 pm
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Judge Padgett could care

Judge Padgett could care less. As long as this pathetic excuse for a human didnt harm a puppy, the judge will sleep just fine at night!

Pops
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Pops 12/12/13 - 09:14 pm
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Wonder who Steinmeyer's family

knows......piece of human waste should be doing serious time...........

cottoncandy16
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cottoncandy16 12/13/13 - 08:33 am
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I really don't understand

I really don't understand this Judge Padgett at all... He sentenced a 21yr old who graduated for High School, Worked daily, and never been in trouble to 2 years in prison and 4 yrs probation for killing his girl friends puppy during an argument, but gives this piece of crap 5 yrs probation and his record could be free of anything at the end. This is why the state of Georgia is so messed up.... I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THE PUPPY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THIS CHILD TO THIS JUDGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/13/13 - 08:34 am
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Wha?

Probation for this and two years in jail for killing a puppy? From the same judge? This ain't right....

cottoncandy16
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cottoncandy16 12/13/13 - 08:38 am
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I think we should all write a

I think we should all write a letter to this Judge..... Judge J. Wade Padgett
735 James Brown Blvd SUITE 4206 Augusta, Ga 30901

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 12/13/13 - 10:13 am
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Now Wait A Minute

I understand the outrage about this sentence versus the puppy killing. AND Judge Padgett is within his rights to negate any sentence; but, both of these were PLEA DEALS !! You can fuss @ Padgett, but you also have to hold the DA's Office accountable as well. THEY were the ones that allowed a plea to be copped !! Ashley Wright lost my respect AND vote, over her handling of the Scott Dean case. The District Attorney is MORE responsible for this. Write TWO letters.

raul
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raul 12/13/13 - 10:29 am
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@Marinerman1. I don't believe

@Marinerman1. I don't believe Judge Padgett had to accept the plea deals. Am I correct?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/13/13 - 11:02 am
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Plea deals

Plea bargains struck between prosecution and defense are NEVER binding on the judge!! He or she is free to reject the deal as too harsh/too lenient/any other reason.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 12/13/13 - 11:54 am
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I Believe That Is What I Said

The Judge can negate any plea deal, but he was presented with a PLEA DEAL that the DA's Office offered !

raul
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raul 12/13/13 - 01:03 pm
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@marinerman1. O.K. Got it.

@marinerman1. O.K. Got it. Can't believe the DA offered that and the judge accepted it. Hard to understand the disparity in sentencing in light of Scott Dean getting 20 years.

myfather15
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myfather15 12/14/13 - 06:39 am
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I emailed Bill O'Reilly about

I emailed Bill O'Reilly about this case and the puppy killing case. I don't know if it's something he will take up, but hopefully. I would LOVE to see Bill's guy (Jesse Waters, I think) at Judge Padgetts house asking him about these sentences.

Maybe if ALL those who are outraged email O"Reilly, he will give it more serious thought. EMAIL HIM!!

myfather15
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myfather15 12/14/13 - 04:20 pm
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LCC

I couldn't agree more!! Good comment. I also spoke with some people who have worked with Judge Padgett and know him very well. They stated he is one of the most arrogant people you could meet. Said he is one who truly believes he is smarter than everyeone in the room and doesn't mind acting as such. So he probably doesn't care that us "simpletons" don't approve his sentence. This is why I would love to see an O'Reilly or someone cover this, maybe it would bring Mr. Big Judge Man, back down to earth a little.

gandl2123
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gandl2123 12/16/13 - 10:30 pm
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Educated, arrogant...?

This is unbelieveable! No wonder a charge of molesting a child is worse than a murder charge. A person can be accused of a crime of molesting them by ANYONE and then make a video lie with CPC and then let it go forward and convict an innocent man. Who will spend years in prison for something he DID NOT do. No evidence required, just the he said, she said no evidence and a jury that hates child molesters (don't we all) convicts and innocent man with no evidence at all. No DNA, no witnesses etc..NOTHING! At least in a murder case you have to have the murder weapon, witnesses etc... Is there anything really worse than a child molester? Yes, a jury member who sentences an innocent man to prison on no evidence and takes that innocent man's freedom away. Again, unbelieveable.

gandl2123
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gandl2123 12/16/13 - 10:32 pm
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Part 2

No doubt, this man was given the opportunity to take the jury's ignorance out of the equation and will not lose his freedom and maybe not even his life as it would be threatened in prison. Judge Padgett would not have allowed this plea agreement if he had evidence to convict.

gandl2123
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gandl2123 12/16/13 - 10:37 pm
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gandl2123

Shame on all of you for not understanding the system a bit more. This is because you have not been bitten by it. You can and many are convicted and sent to prison for a crime they did not commit as a vile person plays the "molestation" card and lands you in jail. You lose your freedom, your job, your home and maybe your life in prison, all on an accusation from a child or a child's mother who does a great job of coaching their precious angel whom they have coached into believing they are pleasing their parent when their answers. What kind of person just out of the blue 35 years old decides to molest a 6 year old? I still am flabbergasted that 100% of you have jumped on this judge's case. Hell who knows, maybe your "national attention" you so desire for this judge's decision will bring this travesty to the forefront of our nation. This is terrible that a person can be locked away in prison on an accusation.

blues550
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blues550 01/25/14 - 05:11 pm
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Too ego driven
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Spare your stamps, Padgett is too ego driven to give a crap about what you think. The guy is pathetic.

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