Former Aiken teacher arrested on sex charges

Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 1:11 PM
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A former Aiken County middle school teacher was arrested today on charges of lewd act and criminal sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl. The arrest marks the second of a former or current Aiken County educator in as many weeks for a sex crime.

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Joseph Jay Magni Jr., 28, of the 400 block of Cannon Knoll Road, Lexington, is charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct and five counts of a lewd act, Aiken County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Myers said in a news release.

The crimes took place at Aiken Mall Cinemas during May and June, according to the incident reports. The investigation also found that Mr. Magni sexually assaulted the 14-year-old female at his then work place, Leavelle McCampbell Middle School in Graniteville, Sgt. Myers said.

The victim was a student in Aiken County before she moved to Columbia to live with her father in April, said Richland County Sheriff's Department Lt. Chris Cowan. The sheriff's department began their investigation on Sept. 23 when the victim's father told investigators he believed that Mr. Magni was traveling to Columbia to have a relationship with his daughter, Lt. Cowan said. Investigators turned the case over to Aiken County this week, Lt. Cowan said.

Mr. Magni now faces a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree in Richland County.

Mr. Magni taught social studies at Leavelle McCampbell as a first-year teacher last year, said Cecelia Davidson, Aiken County Schools associate superintendent for administration. His contract was not renewed at the end of the school year, she said.

"We had no knowledge of any complaints of this nature during his time here," Dr. Davidson said. "His not returning to employment was completely separate."

Another Leavelle McCampbell educator, Tammy Joy Key, 38, of Graniteville, was charged with four counts of lewd act and four counts of criminal sexual conduct with a 14-year-old former student on Oct. 20. The Graniteville woman is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old male student at her home and at Leavelle McCampbell, where she teaches math, between 2005 and 2006, Sgt. Myers said. She is on administrative leave from her position with pay, Dr. Davidson said. She was released on bond the night of her arrest.

The two arrests in such a short period of time are "very unusual," Sgt. Myers said.

"I feel like this is a coincidence since the incidents are years a part," he said.

Dr. Davidson said the school system would not be conducting an investigation into Leavelle McCampbell.

"These are personal issues, there's no investigation as far as the school is concerned," she said.

Mr. Magni is being held in the Aiken County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond, according to a jail official.

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APINGA
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APINGA 11/02/09 - 02:28 pm
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This crap has got to stop.

This crap has got to stop. Are law makers should make the penaltys so stiff that these sick perv's would be teriffied to look at a child!!!!!!!!!!!!

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sueboo418 11/02/09 - 02:46 pm
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I can't believe how stupid

I can't believe how stupid (not to mention sick!) these people are. Obviously the judicial system is not giving enough punishment to these sicko's because they just keep doing it. Plum is right, maybe if they butchered one of these perv's it would be a deterrent.

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tatinija1 11/02/09 - 03:06 pm
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This is not a good sign!!! i

This is not a good sign!!! i go to school and i don't want to go after hearing this!!!!He crazy!!!

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Dan White 11/02/09 - 03:44 pm
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Isn't that the same school

Isn't that the same school where the woman teacher worked who was suspended for the same thing? If it is, what's going on over there???

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soldout 11/02/09 - 03:46 pm
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As we use sex to sell

As we use sex to sell everything in the media this is part of the price that society will pay. Sowing and reaping just keeps on working and no law will ever stop the process.

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0430 11/02/09 - 04:19 pm
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Where is Tammy Joy Key, 38

Where is Tammy Joy Key, 38 that had sex with a 14 year old boy? Is she still in jail or back on the hunt for more young boys?

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/02/09 - 04:26 pm
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APiecEofshX ( Insert usual

APiecEofshX ( Insert usual suspect description)?

Painter
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Painter 11/02/09 - 04:44 pm
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Soldout, there could be laws

Soldout, there could be laws against using sex to sell and allowing sex on tv and computers. Those kinds of laws would help nip this in the bud. We need a purity standard.

nofrills
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nofrills 11/02/09 - 05:14 pm
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What a sick world we live in.

What a sick world we live in. He will get probation and have to put his name on the list. One of us will still have to live by him with our children and the law will tell you he served his time and leave him alone. Then when you shoot this peckerwood in the head for messing with your kids. they will lock you up for murder. What a world we live in!!!

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steelermoose1 11/02/09 - 05:30 pm
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Hey there ispy4u...here is my

Hey there ispy4u...here is my comment about this perv. This guy is a loser and an idiot. What kind of 28 year old man would think in any way that a relationship with a 14 year old girl is appropriate or normal??? A sick, demented pig like this scumbag, thats who!

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humbleopinion 11/02/09 - 05:51 pm
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What do you expect after the

What do you expect after the liberals took control? I thought they wanted us to teach kids all about sex education.....Isn't that all these teachers were doing? They are just a bit over-zealous in their teaching duties is all. This is what you get when you elect liberal Democrats. Expect more of it.

BBSouth
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BBSouth 11/02/09 - 07:02 pm
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What does being a Democrat

What does being a Democrat have anything to do with this crime. There were several cases of this happening during the Bush administration.

triumph110
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triumph110 11/02/09 - 07:03 pm
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This is happening all over

This is happening all over the country. Go to www.schoolteachernews.com and click on the Scandal page. This year they have documented over 400 of these types of incidents. In 2008 they found 478 of these kinds of cases.

jamesj
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jamesj 11/02/09 - 07:14 pm
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Its been going on throughout

Its been going on throughout history, difference is now you hear about it.

Vera Donavon
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Vera Donavon 11/02/09 - 07:59 pm
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If every man were REALLLY

If every man were REALLLY honest, most of them would admit they would love to have a teenager..........some just get caught.

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corgimom 11/02/09 - 09:45 pm
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"As we use sex to sell

"As we use sex to sell everything in the media this is part of the price that society will pay." That's right, nobody molested children before tv was invented (rolling my eyes here).

corgimom
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corgimom 11/02/09 - 10:15 pm
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The current shows and

The current shows and advertising makes child molestation look ok? What on earth do you watch?

Taylor B
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Taylor B 11/02/09 - 10:16 pm
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Dental, thanks for grouping

Dental, thanks for grouping us all together.

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my.voice 11/02/09 - 11:07 pm
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At least he isnt smiling.

At least he isnt smiling.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/03/09 - 12:14 am
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Can't predict this in

Can't predict this in advance, but offenders should be strongly punished!

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