A 17-year-old Evans teen was charged Friday with statutory rape after a 14-year-old girl’s father said they had sex.
The girl’s father accused Christian Jerome Lavarias of having sex with the girl on Sept. 13 in a Hillwood Drive home in Martinez, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Neither Lavarias nor the girl lived at the home, according to the report. Lavarias, a Lakeside High School student, lives in Harlem and the girl lives with her father at another Martinez home.
Lavarias was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Friday after posting a $1,600 bond, according to jailers.
Several enter not guilty pleas
Several people charged with felonies in Columbia County pled not guilty at an arraignment Friday.
Ted Howard Screws Jr., 44, pled not guilty to armed robbery and having a hoax device. Authorities say Screws, of Martinez, walked into First Bank of Georgia on Furys Ferry Road on June 28 and handed the teller a note and a homemade device.
Screws left with an undisclosed amount of money, but was later located and arrested. The device was a fake pipe bomb.
Screws was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Aug. 20 after posting $40,000 bond, according to jail personnel.
George Scott Dillard, 46, pled not guilty to kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, two counts of cruelty to children, criminal trespass and stalking.
Authorities say Dillard, of Grovetown, beat his ex-girlfriend unconscious on July 28 in her Martinez apartment in front of their two young sons.
Dillard is being held in the jail without bond.
An Evans teen accused of rape, aggravated child molestation and incest also pled not guilty at the hearing. Authorities say Blake Weems, 17, forced a 12-year-old girl to perform numerous sex acts.
Weems was released from jail after posting a $50,000 bond.
Lakeside Middle boy gets bond
A Lakeside Middle School pupil accused of sexually assaulting classmates was granted bond at a detention hearing Friday.
The 13-year-old boy was charged with five counts of sexual battery Tuesday.
Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Flanagan granted the boy a $20,000 bond and required that he undergo a psychological evaluation, wear an ankle monitor and stay with his father in Louisiana or his grandmother in Hephzibah. The boy also cannot have contact with the victims in the case.
“This is not a game,” Flanagan said at the hearing. “That’s not acceptable behavior to be touching people sexually. It’s against the law.”
The boy, who has been held in the Regional Youth Detention Center since he was charged, also was suspended from school pending a school system tribunal hearing.
The resource officer for the school in Martinez called deputies Sept. 13 after four of the boy’s female classmates complained that the boy made “uninvited contact with their intimate body parts,” according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report.
One of the victims said “she had been slapped on the rear end several times,” sheriff’s Investigator Brian Jones testified at the hearing. “All of the (victims’ statements) were similar in that they were either touched on the rear end or on the breast.”
Jones also said the victims said the boy made inappropriate sexual comments to them.
One of the victims made a similar claim in April. The boy was charged with sexual battery, but the charge was reduced to simple battery. The case was handled out of court after the victim’s mother said she believed the boy was simply acting immaturely.
The boy told Jones that he didn’t touch anybody on purpose. He said in one incident, another pupil threw his hand onto a girls buttocks. In another, he said, another girl touched a girl’s buttocks and blamed it on him.
In addition, two of the girls involved also will face a disciplinary hearing because witnesses saw them touch the boy inappropriately, Nagle said.
The boy could face up to five years in confinement for the sexual battery charge, which is a felony.
The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Marijuana plants found at house
A Martinez man was arrested Thursday after authorities found marijuana plants growing in his backyard.
Don Lacy Avant, 64, of Hidden Lane, had 13 marijuana plants growing in his backyard. Authorities also found four smoking pipes, rolling papers, a digital scale, a butane lighter, a plastic bags and $1,018 in cash.
Investigators also seized several weapons, including two revolvers, three semi-automatic pistols, a shotgun, a hunting rifle with a scope, and a Chinese-made combat rifle with a bayonet.
Stranger slept in guest bedroom
A Martinez man told authorities Saturday that someone snuck into his home and slept in his guest bedroom.
The 28-year-old man said he and his son went to bed at about 2 a.m. At that time, the guest bedroom door was open.
When he got up at about 8:30 a.m., the man said the guest bedroom door was closed. He looked in and saw that the bed appeared to have been slept in. One of the windows was open and the man said he always keeps them closed.
He also said someone pulled an old refrigerator from a nearby patio next to the house to reach a lower section of the roof. That lower roof allowed access to the second-story guest bedroom window.
Two Cobbham Road residents told deputies Friday that someone stole their mowers.
Both residents of the 6400 block of Cobbham Road said that someone came onto their open carports between 7 and 7:30 p.m. and stole their mowers.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Sept. 16-22:
Medical calls, 40; activated fire alarms, 11; vehicle wrecks, nine; investigations, seven; structure fires, three; assist citizens, two; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; CPR in progress, one; electrical incidents, one; damage from inclement weather, one; vehicle fires, one; and wood/brush/grass fires, one.