A Superior Court judge granted bond to a former 4-H worker accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
Superior Court Judge Albert Pickett granted a $25,000 bond to Jennifer Gayle Davenport, 26, of Augusta, at a Friday hearing in Evans.
Davenport was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery after the victim’s mother told Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigators that she discovered Davenport “had been involved in a sexual relationship” with the 15-year-old girl, a Martinez resident, according to an incident report and Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Assistant District Attorney Melissa Marks said the victim told her mother that Davenport performed oral sex on her and asked that she reciprocate. The girl’s mother also said she found sexually explicit text messages from Davenport on her daughter’s cell phone.
Conditions of Davenport’s bond are that she have no contact with the victim, who was an active 4H participant, or her family and no contact with minors.
“This friendship, whatever it is or was, must end immediately,” Pickett said. “There must be no communication.”
Davenport worked with 4H for about a year and quit as a 4H program assistant about three weeks before her arrest, according to Shirley Williams, Columbia County’s 4H coordinator.
Through her job, Davenport had regular contact with children in and out of schools. More than 20 people including some former 4Hers appeared in court in support of Davenport.
Marks said she opposed granting Davenport a bond because she said Davenport was a threat to intimidate witnesses and that it is possible that Davenport has had inappropriate relations with minors before.
“She does have a close relationship to the kids in 4H,” Davenport’s attorney, Shawn Hammond said. “But she denies these allegations.”