Sex charges dropped
Sex charges against a former Richmond County sheriff’s investigator accused of raping his wife were dropped Thursday.
David Timothy Dutton, 36, of Martinez, was charged with rape, aggravated sexual battery, unlawful surveillance and giving false information in November.
The rape and aggravated sexual battery charges were dropped and Dutton pled guilty to unlawful surveillance and giving false information as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office. Superior Court Judge Michael N. Annis sentenced Dutton to a year of probation and a $1,000 fine.
Dutton’s wife said at a Thursday sentencing hearing that she was looking through Dutton’s phone and found videos of them having sex the previous night. She called her mother to “vent” and her mother called authorities without her knowledge.
She said she’d taken a prescription medication and went to sleep and had no recollection of the sexual encounter, which she said was consensual. It was the recording that upset her.
“I honestly feel like the entire situation was taken and blown way of out proportion,” she said.
Dutton initially said she’s consented to the sex, but admitted recording the encounter without her knowledge. Dutton took his phone back and erased the videos and photos after his wife took a video of the video with her own camera.
Dutton was initially suspended from the Richmond County Sheriff’s office pending a review of the case. He resigned on Nov. 26.
No more charges for
Police say no more charges will be filed against the driver of a daycare bus that flipped over Monday.
Julian Ronald Brown II, 20, of Evans, was charged with driving too fast for conditions after he lost control of the bus carrying nine elementary school children. He lost control coming over a hill on Hardy-McManus Road just before 4 p.m. Children said the bus fishtailed a few times before spinning around and flipping on its side.
The children were wearing seatbelts and were able to get out of the overturned bus. Some sustained only minor injuries, but most were uninjured.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Heavy equipment ruined by vandals
Someone recently stole and likely ruined two pieces of heavy equipment from an Appling logging site.
An employee of R.J.J. Logging called authorities early Tuesday stating someone drove two pieces of heavy equipment into a creek near a logging site at 1399 Appling-Harlem Road. He said sometime between Aug. 15 and Tuesday morning, someone drove a 2006 John Deere skidder around the site.
A 2012 John Deere skidder and a 2003 John Deere bulldozer also were driven into a nearby creek and parked there, submerging the engines. The flooded engines are likely ruined.
his boss for possible fraud,
A man called authorities Tuesday claiming his boss is withholding his paycheck, claiming he’d committed fraud, but said his boss is the more likely scammer.
The 38-year-old man said his boss sent him and his wife to Florida to do HVAC work on a rental property in July. His boss gave the man a black Capital One Venture card and his driver’s license and instructed him to say that his boss was in the car if anyone questioned the credit card. The man said his boss activated the card in front of him and that it had never been used before. The man said he remembers his boss having at least four drivers licenses – from Tennessee, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina – in a file in the trunk of his car.
After returning to the area on July 16, the man said he turned over all receipts from the trip and was paid for the work. He said everything at work was fine until recently when his boss withheld the man’s paycheck claiming he’d committed fraud.
The man said he wanted to document the events in case his boss tries to accused him of stealing the licenses and credit card. The deputy told the man the paycheck issue is one to be handled in civil court, but said he’d look into the man’s boss’s several IDs.
Man denies pointing gun
at his wife
An Appling man recently denied pointing a gun at his wife, who told authorities he put it to her head.
The 33-year-old woman told deputies Tuesday that she and her husband got into an argument on Aug. 15, when he produced a silver handgun. The woman said he put the muzzle of the gun to her forehead, temple and under her chin while telling her to “admit it.” She she refused, and the man put the gun back in the dresser.
The woman said the couple’s three children were home, but didn’t see the incident.
The man told deputies that he learned his wife was having an affair on Aug. 15. She was sitting next to him and called the other man to end the relationship.
On Aug. 17, the man said he discovered his wife was still sending text messages to the other man and had been meeting him in the parking deck of University Hospital.
After confronting his wife, the man said she left and never returned home. He said he’s never been violent or made threats of violence against his wife.