Harlem teen will be charged
as an adult
A warrant was issued Tuesday, charging a 13-year-old Harlem boy with aggravated child molestation in an assault on a 4-year-old Augusta girl, authorities said.
The boy, Jacob Staffey, was arrested Friday 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 face aggravated child molestation charges related to a June incident in Richmond County.
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. She said the mother had been “threatening and scolding” the boys by phone. Paine said they were also being supervised 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.
“I have to do what is in the best interest of the children,” Flanagan said.
Paine said she expects the 13-year-old will be charged with aggravated child molestation in the June assault, 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.
In addition, Juvenile Court officials said Friday they had also planned to charge Jacob Staffey with sexual battery related to a separate incident at a hearing this week. Flanagan said, based on those charges and the new ones raised Friday, he found the boy a “danger to himself and to the community,” and had deputies remove him from court. Paine said the next step would be to present the case to a grand jury for indictment.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s office incident reports:
Resident’s car damaged
A resident who lives near a washed- out Martinez road said the tires of his car were slashed while parked in a nearby neighborhood.
The 50-year-old man said his car was parked along with 25 or 30 others on Watervale Drive overnight Friday because Lake Stone Court is unusable after it caved in June 3.
No other vehicles were damaged.
A resident of Lake Stone Way, a side street also blocked to all but pedestrian traffic since the cave-in, said his family’s home was vandalized the same night. The 49-year-old man said between midnight and 3 a.m., someone threw a grapefruit through the $3,000 custom stained glass front door of his home.
Teen won’t prosecute
A Columbia County teen refused to press charges against a man he said robbed him outside a friend’s Martinez home late Saturday. The 19-year-old said he was going to a friend’s Cheryl Ann Drive house and turned around at the dead end. As he was driving back toward his friend’s house, the teen said he saw several people sitting outside a neighboring home. One of the men ran up to the front of the vehicle, so he stopped. The man came to the passenger window and told the teen to give him everything he had. The man grabbed a GPS unit, cellphone and a pack of cigarettes and ran away. The teen drove back home and called deputies. A deputy drove the teen back to Cheryl Ann Drive, where he identified the man who robbed him. The man admitted to the robbery, but the teen refused to press charges.
Family reports harassment
An Evans woman said Sunday that she and her husband were being harassed by a woman who gave them a dog.
She said a woman asked the couple to take ownership of her 1-year-old King Charles Spaniel in mid-May. About a week later, the woman demanded her dog back, but the couple said they loved the dog and would not return it.
Upset that the family wouldn’t return the dog, the woman has called every day, totaling more than 50 calls, demanding her dog back. The man said he worked with the former dog owner but has left his employment because of the falling out. The couple said the woman has shown up at their home and church to confront them about the dog.
When a deputy arrived, the woman was yelling about her dog, so the deputy asked her to sit in her car and calm down while he spoke to the couple. The woman drove away.
The deputy called her, but she refused to give her personal information. She was told not to contact the family again.
Woman hit by Springlakes board member
A Martinez woman called authorities Friday stating the Springlakes Community Association president threw something at her during a meeting.
The 47-year-old woman said that during a board meeting the previous night, the president threw a small object at her. The object hit the woman near her eye. She said other board members witnessed the incident, but did not say anything.
The woman said the president is “constantly bullying people during our meetings.”