By Barry L. Paschal
An Augusta woman who worked with students in Columbia County’s 4H program has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Jennifer Gayle Davenport, 26, of the 1300 block of Baker Avenue in Augusta, is being held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center since her arrest Monday, according to jail records.
Davenport is 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.
Davenport was employed by Career Services, Columbia County’s temporary services contractor, said Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson.
A message left requesting information about her employment with Career Services was not immediately returned.
Davenport performed hourly work for about a year as a program assistant for 4H with the Columbia County Extension Service, said Shirley Williamson, the county coordinator for 4H.
“She quit working here to find full-time employment about three weeks ago,” Williamson said. “The incident was not at a 4H event and was out in the community somewhere, and I do not even know what child is involved,” including whether the teen was a participant in 4H.
Morris said Davenport was the victim's 4H advisor, and that the incidents occurred at the victim's home.
“She worked a few hours a week,” Williamson said. “A lot of work she did was here in the office. She did a lot of work with the kids who were in the office, but we’re very highly discouraged from being alone with a child at any time.”
All 4H personnel must undergo a background check by the University of Georgia, which operates the Service, and in addition to passing that check Davenport also had been screened by Career Services, Williamson said.
Davenport, who Williamson described as a “great worker, very motivated,” had passed those checks with a “flawless background,” she said.