Originally created 09/07/00

Judge allows teacher to stay out on bond

A high school home economics teacher facing drug charges will remain on bond - but with several conditions, a judge decided Wednesday.

Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet did not revoke the bond for Deborah Lynn Foley, 46, of Oak Brook Drive in Martinez, despite the district attorney's recommendation that she be jailed.

When police raided her home Aug. 18, Assistant District Attorney Scott Connell said, they found marijuana plants growing in the windows, and a smoking device was found laying on the floor near her.

"She is a threat to the children of this society," Mr. Connell said.

Mrs. Foley's attorney Kirk Gilliard said she had no criminal record prior to her arrest.

"Judge, she has never even had a traffic ticket," Mr. Gilliard said.

In appealing to the judge, he described his client as a loving mother who was recently divorced and just wanted to remain at home with her daughter.

Mrs. Foley was first arrested, along with six others, during the raid at her home. She was charged with felony manufacturing marijuana, felony possession of a schedule one narcotic and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

District Attorney Danny Craig moved to revoke her bond last week when she was arrested for a second time after a runaway from North Augusta was found at her home. She was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and interfering with parental custody.

Mr. Gilliard said Mrs. Foley was only trying to help the runaway.

The conditions to continue bond are:

She must adhere to an 11 p.m. curfew.

She can have no minors, other than her daughter, in her home.

She must undergo drug screenings every 30 days until her trial.

A trial date has not been set.

Mr. Gilliard said his client would not comment on the case, but he said he and Mrs. Foley are pleased with the judge's decision.

Mrs. Foley's daughter, Eryn, attended Wednesday's hearing. Eryn, 17, also was arrested during the drug raid at her home. She faces the same charges as her mother.

"I'm happy that my mom will be at home with me," Eryn said. "She is the most wonderful person I know."

Mrs. Foley is on administrative leave without pay from her teaching position at Westside High School.

Reach Ashlee Griggs at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 109


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