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UPDATE: Trial begins for three accused in sexual assault of Columbia County teen

Posted: October 31, 2011 - 1:57pm  |  Updated: November 1, 2011 - 12:28pm

An alleged sexual assault victim testified Monday, the first day of trial against the three men accused of assaulting her.

Jason Scott Turner, 22, of Evans; Robert Lincoln Levy, 21, of Augusta; and Tyler William Davitte, 23, of Martinez, were charged with aggravated sexual battery in connection to an assault, which occurred at a home on Shaw Street in Martinez.

Police received information Sept. 20, 2010, about underage drinking, drug activity and sex at a Shaw Street home in Martinez owned by Donald Everett “Trey” Morrison.

The investigation found that in August, an 18-year-old girl was drinking at the home. She and a friend reportedly passed out. The friend slept on a sofa and the 18-year-old went to a bedroom with one of the men. Two others came in and sexually assaulted her, police said.

“I don’t remember much at all,” the teen said, describing how she felt after drinking at most a few beers. “I was completely out of it.”

A friend beckoned Clayton Edward Blanton into the room to record video with his phone. He recorded the activities, but before leaving he woke up the victim’s friend to tell her what was happening in the bedroom.

“I told them they should feel gross for what they did,” the teen’s friend said about how she reacted to her friend’s assailants. “They should be embarrassed. It was wrong.”

As part of a negotiated plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, Blanton, 22, of Evans, pleaded guilty to unlawful surveillance in August. Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced him to 23 months in jail.

Levy is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond. Davitte and Turner were released after posting $25,000 bonds each.

The trial is expected to resume at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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