Originally created 04/28/00

Teacher faces charges of child molestation



An Augusta woman authorities say accepted money from three boys in exchange for sex was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of child molestation.

The three boys, ages 12, 13 and 13, told investigators they had sex with Janice Elaine Allen, 44, of Sherman Street, on five different occasions in an abandoned house next door to hers, said Maj. Ken Autry of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department.

The boys said they paid her $5 for each individual sexual encounter, Maj. Autry said.

The boys' names are being withheld by the sheriff's department because they are juveniles.

The initial complaint against Ms. Allen was filed March 13 by one of the parents of the three boys, Maj. Autry said.

Charges were filed after investigators and the District Attorney's office found the boys' statements about their encounters with Ms. Allen to be consistent, he said.

Ms. Allen was suspended from her job as substitute teacher with the Richmond County Board of Education after the investigation began in March, Maj. Autry said. The 13-year Richmond County substitute did not meet the boys through her job, police said.

The boys were referred to the woman they called "teacher lady" by some other youths in the neighborhood, Maj. Autry said.

The boys did not name who told them about Ms. Allen, and no other boys have been found who claim to have had similar experiences, Investigator Scott Peebles said.

So far, the only evidence police have against Ms. Allen are the three boys' statements, Maj. Autry said.

Reach Mark Mathis at (706) 823-3227.