Monday, April 29, 2013
An Oconee County grand jury has handed down a 21-count indictment against John David Cooper.
An information technology manager with the Georgia Department of Labor who authorities say fondled a girl under the age of 16 faces formal charges. An Oconee County grand jury has handed down a 21-count indictment against John David Cooper, 44, of Stonebridge Circle that includes four counts of child molestation and 17 counts of sexual exploitation of children. The indictment was filed with the Oconee County Clerk of Superior Court on April 16. The indictment alleges the abuse occurred sometime between May 2007 and May 2010. Cooper is also accused of possessing 17 digital, sexual images of a female under the age of 18. Following his arrest, Cooper was immediately suspended from his job pending an investigation, a GDOL official said. …
Friday, April 26, 2013
A 17-year-old North Oconee High School student was charged Friday with child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes. An arrest isn't a conviction.
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Friday, April 26
A second person has been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into a human trafficking case involving a young girl in Oconee County, according to the Sheriff's Office. Seventeen-year-old Salvador Martinez of Epps Bridge Road was booked into the Oconee County Jail on Friday on charges of child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes. Martinez is a student at North Oconee High School, according to his Facebook profile. Martizez is accused of paying the 13-year-old victim $20 for sexual activity, a news release says, and the victim was then allegedly forced to turn the money over to Tyler Kaahlil Standifur. Standifur, 19, of Dowdy Road is facing charges of aggravated child molestation, trafficking in persons for…
The alleged abuse, involving a girl who's now 13 years old, reportedly occurred over the past two years. An arrest isn't a conviction.
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Friday, April 26
Updated at noon on April 27 A 19-year-old Oconee County man was jailed late Thursday on charges related to the alleged prostitution of a young girl over a period of almost two years. Tyler Kaahlil Standifur of Dowdy Road is charged with aggravated child molestation, trafficking in persons for the purpose of sexual servitude, pandering by compulsion and enticing a child for indecent purposes, jail records confirm. He's currently being held without bond. Oconee County Sheriff's investigators were notified by counselors of Oconee County Schools that a 13-year-old student told them she had been prostituting for Standifur, according to a news release. "Evidence gathered from a forensic interview and other means led to a series of digital images…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Oconee County Sheriff's Office says John David Cooper has been charged with roughly three dozen counts of sexual exploitation of children. An arrest isn't a conviction.
An ongoing investigation into a report of child molestation last week in Oconee County has led to additional charges against a Watkinsville man. The Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that John David Cooper, 44, is facing 34 counts of sexual exploitation of children along with the original charges of child molestation, sexual battery against a child, and electronically furnishing obscene material to minors. "These charges result from images found on various electronic devices in his possession at the time of his arrest," Chief Deputy Lee Weems wrote in an email to Patch. "We are still in the process of examining his devices. More charges may be forthcoming." Cooper was booked into the Oconee County Jail on Feb. 28, the same day the …
Friday, March 1, 2013
The alleged abuse reportedly occurred over the last six years, according to Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry. An arrest doesn't mean a conviction.
A Watkinsville man was taken into custody on Thursday on charges of child molestation and sexual battery. "We found out about this yesterday,"Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said. "We developed some information and took him into custody [during a traffic stop]." John David Cooper, 44, of Stonebridge Circle, was booked around 5:30 p.m. on one count each of child molestation, sexual battery, and electronically furnishing obscene materials to a minor, according to jail records. "The evidence is that he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female from the time she was 12 to the time she was 18," Berry said. Cooper is currently being held without bond at the Oconee County Jail pending a hearing, according to Berry, and the …
Monday, February 4, 2013
A second alleged victim has come forward, police say. An arrest doesn't mean a conviction.
A 38-year old Watkinsville man is facing additional charges of child molestation and sexual battery after a second alleged victim reported abuse, according to Watkinsville Police Chief Lee O'Dillon. Kenneth Troy Cobb was arrested again on Friday at River Oaks apartments on Will Hunter Road in Athens where he works as a maintenance man, O'Dillon said. On Jan. 17, Cobb was arrested at the same location on a warrant that alleges molestation of a 12-year-old girl occurred between Nov. 1, 2011, and Jan. 13, 2013. He was later released on a $25,000 bond. After that arrest became public, police learned of another alleged victim, O'Dillon said in a news release. The new charges allege an 11-year-old girl was molested in early January of this …
Friday, January 18, 2013
The arrest warrant was issued in Athens on Thursday. An arrest doesn't mean a conviction.
Update: According to Police Chief Lee O'Dillon, bond has been set at $25,000. Watkinsville Police on Thursday arrested a 38-year old Watkinsville man on charges of child molestation and sexual battery. An arrest warrant was issued at River Oaks Apartments in Athens where the man was performing maintenance for his employer, Greenleaf Management, Police Chief Lee O'Dillon said. The warrant alleges the molestation occurred between Nov. 1, 2011, and Jan. 13, 2013, in Watkinsville. O'Dillon said the 12-year-old victim confided about the alleged abuse to her friends, who shared the information with their parents. The adults contacted police, and the Department of Family and Children Services became involved, he said. Kenneth Troy Cobb was …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The incident allegedly occurred at an Oconee County residence three years ago.
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Saturday, October 20, 2012
The Oconee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of child molestation. The alleged incident occurred sometime between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 in 2009 at an Oconee County residence. It was reported to the Sheriff's Office Wednesday by the victim's caretaker. Sheriff Scott Berry said the victim no longer resides in Oconee County. Additional details aren't being released at this time, he said.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
A 6-year-old girl was allegedly fondled while at the man's home, authorities say. An arrest does not mean a conviction.
A 31-year-old Oconee County man surrendered himself to the jail Thursday after learning about a warrant for his arrest on a charge of child molestation. Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said Joshua Ray Silvers of Lee Circle is accused of touching a 6-year-old girl at his home earlier this year. Silvers knew the victim, he said. Silvers has been charged with one count, though investigators are working with the District Attorney's office to determine where two additional alleged incidents took place and more charges may be filed, Berry said. The molestation accusations were first reported to the Department of Family and Children Services, he said, and the Sheriff's Office got involved around Easter.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Authorities say a pre-teen girl was molested multiple times over the last year in Oconee County. An arrest does not mean a conviction.
A 17-year-old old Dacula man has been charged with molesting a pre-teen girl while in Oconee County. Records show Samuel Crawford McAllister was booked into the Oconee County Jail on May 10 on one count of child molestation and released on a $30,000 bond the following day. Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said investigators worked closely on the case with the Gwinnett County Police Department, where initial reports were filed, and learned multiple incidents of molestation allegedly occurred at an undisclosed location in Oconee County over the last year. In order to protect the identity of the victim, Berry did not disclose additional details other than to say McAllister knew the victim and her family. "We've got one count filed at this…