AUGUSTA — A 13-year-old accused of molesting his 4-year-old neighbor will face charges as an adult, authorities said.
The Augusta Chronicle reports that the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office booked Jacob Staffey this week on charges of aggravated sexual battery.
Staffey, whose mother had previously been arrested for allegedly having sex with juveniles in her home, is being held in the Regional Youth Detention Center.
The teen was arrested July 12 on aggravated child molestation charges. Lt. Calvin Crew of the sheriff’s office said investigators and prosecutors later opted for aggravated sexual battery charges in the adult court. Georgia law allows adult prosecution of defendants as young as 13 for seven crimes.
The case stems from a June incident in the yard of the alleged victim’s family home. A police report states that the girl told her mother that her genital area hurt. She went on to tell her mother that Staffey and another boy pulled down her pants and assaulted her. The mother told police that she had previously warned the boys to stay away from her home.
At the time of the assault is reported to have occurred, Staffey was under the care of his father, Stephen Staffey, according to Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine.
The elder Staffey had responsibility for his four sons after their mother, Angela Staffey, was arrested March 1 and charged with 13 counts of child molestation, two counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of incest. Authorities accuse her of having sex with two juveniles in her home. It is not clear whether Jason Staffey is one of his mother’s alleged victims.
According to the newspaper, Jason Staffey’s brothers are now in custody of the state family services agency. The Chronicle reported that a hearing is scheduled for Monday, as Stephen Staffey tries to regain custody of his other three sons.