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Boy accused of molestation charged as adult

Posted: July 19, 2013 - 9:03am  |  Updated: July 19, 2013 - 9:36am

 

A 13-year-old boy accused of molesting a 4-year-old neighbor was charged as an adult, authorities said.

The boy, Jacob Staffey, was booked into the Richmond County jail Wednesday on a charge of aggravated sexual battery, according to Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew. He is being held in the Regional Youth Detention Center.

Staffey was arrested July 12 during a hearing in Columbia County Juvenile Court at the request of Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine. Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan ordered sheriff’s deputies to take Staffey into custody to aggravated child molestation charges related to a June incident in Richmond County.

After reviewing the case with the District Attorneys office, Chew said they decided the aggravated sexual battery charge better fit the allegations against Staffey.

According to a sheriff’s office report, Staffey and another boy are accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl on June 7 in the backyard of a home on Highview Court. The child’s mother told police her daughter came to her complaining that her genital area was hurting and eventually told her the boys pulled down her pants and molested her. The mother said she had repeatedly warned the two boys to stay away from her home.

At the time, Staffey was supposed to be under the supervision of his father, Stephen Staffey, Paine said. The boy and his three brothers had been sent to their father’s home after being released to him by the Department of Family and Children Services, which had taken them into protective custody after the arrest of their mother, Angela M. Staffey, 42, Paine said.

Angela Staffey, of Harlem, was arrested March 1 by Columbia County authorities after being accused of having sex with two juvenile boys in her home. An indictment in April charged her with 13 counts of child molestation, two counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of incest.

Paine told Flanagan the boys were not being properly supervised at their father’s home and they were communicating with their mother in jail who had been “threatening and scolding” the boys by phone. Paine said they were also being supervised and disciplined by their father’s girlfriend, whose own children had been taken away by state authorities.

Flanagan ordered DFCS to take custody of the younger boys and told Stephen Staffey he would appoint a lawyer to represent him in the custody matter. A hearing was set for July 22 for the father to plead his case.

Aggravated sexual battery is one of the so-called “seven deadly sins” in Georgia that allow authorities to charge children as young as 13 as adults. A Superior Court judge has the discretion to order the case returned to Juvenile Court, under that law.

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Comments (5)

grouse

Idiotic. A 13-year-old is not

Idiotic. A 13-year-old is not an adult.

CricketSeranade

What was the little girls mom doing

A four year old should never be left unattended for any length of time. If she had been watching her daughter the way she's supposed to, this would have never happened. She needs to be charged with child endangerment.

corgimom

He is deeply disturbed, and

He is deeply disturbed, and needs to be tried as an adult so that he can get a lengthy sentence- where he can get the intensive help that he needs. YDC is not the place for him, ever, and he needs treatment over many years, not just for a short time.

This is the right thing to do. This isn't about how he is a child, this is about long-term intensive psychiatric care.

dogwood1

NOT A GOOD INVESTGATION (RC)

This investgation wasnt done correctly
the little girl mother is at fault .She told
the boys to stay away .that means to
stay away .she was not watching
her daugther .also (rc)13
is not adult.

frank speering

Fiat_Lux

Jacob Staffey picture from 2011

Check the last picture in the series accompanying this article. Young Master Staffey is 3rd from the left.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2011-03-23/olympians-go-gold

It's perhaps worth noting that he was competing in the Special Olympics in 2011, a not inconsequential piece of information when deciding whether or not to charge him as an adult. It's quite possible he cannot reasonably be charged even as a teenager.

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