Hearing is set
in sex case
A former Harlem High School JROTC instructor accused of having sex with a student will be in court in McDuffie County soon.
Mitchell Sivas’ case is now on the felony pretrial calendar for March 4. The case had been scheduled for September of last year in McDuffie County Superior Court, but was continued because of the illness of Sivas’ attorney, K. Emerson Gilliard.
Pretrial hearings are held to check the readiness for trial of the defense and prosecution, and during the hearings defendants typically are able to request a bench trial or proceed to a jury trial. If Sivas chooses a jury trial, the case could come before the court the week of March 18. If he waives his right to a jury trial, his case could come up in late June.
Sivas, a Thomson resident, resigned from Harlem High School last spring after he was confronted about his relationship with a then-17-year-old Harlem senior. He was charged in April 2012 with sexual assault of a person in custody, a charge that refers to any teacher who has sex with a student who attends the same school. The law does not allow the student’s consent as a defense.
The student has since graduated from Harlem. Sivas remains free on $10,000 bond.
Babysitter granted bond on sex charge
A judge granted a bond to a Grovetown woman charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in her care.
Superior Court Senior Judge Albert Pickett granted a $40,000 bond Friday to Ashley Leigh Wood, 36, of Bradley Way. Wood was charged Jan. 31 with aggravated child molestation.
Wood was a baby-sitter for a Grovetown family that included three young children and a 14-year-old boy for about eight months. On Jan. 24, the teen told his parents, who called authorities, that Wood had offered and provided him oral sex inside the family’s home, according to Assistant District Attorney Grant Usry.
The teen said Wood talked to him in a sexually explicit manner regularly and attempted to sit on his lap as he played video games Jan. 24, Usry
Terms of Wood’s bond include living with her parents, not leaving their Columbia County home and having no contact with the teen or his family.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Woman receives obscene calls
An Evans woman told deputies early Sunday that she received several obscene calls.
The 36-year-old woman said she received several calls just after
2:30 a.m. She told the caller, who made sexually explicit comments, not to call back the first time, but she received two more calls.
A deputy called the number and talked to someone who hung up as soon as the deputy identified himself. The deputy said he heard the voices of several people talking and laughing in the background.
Men fight, fall over flirting
Two men fell down a set of stairs after arguing early Thursday.
A 27-year-old Grovetown man and his partner fell down a flight of stairs during an argument after a pre-Valentine’s Day party. The men had some friends over the previous night and one man got upset because his boyfriend was flirting with and holding hands with another man.
The men, who were both intoxicated, were arguing at the top of the stairs at about 6 a.m., when they both fell. One man bumped his head and the other got a bloody nose.
One of the men was leaving for Afghanistan the next day.
Columbia County Fire Rescue activity report for Feb. 10-16:
Medical calls, 23; activated fire alarms, 11; vehicle wrecks, eight; structure fires, three; investigations, three; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; vehicle fires, two; wood/brush/grass fires, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; bomb threat, one; electrical incidents, one; activated fire alarms, one; and assist citizens, one.