Is a school (or the particular teacher) "required by law" to report to police sexual touching of one of their students? I think this would fall under the crime of battery.
I don't know this answer, but you better believe the school administrators know the answer and would have gone to law enforcement long before now.posted @ Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 14:33
@pumpkie: I bet the school did do SOMETHING. The other boy might have denied it. The accuser might have made it up. The bigger question is, why did the family wait 6 months to report it to the WRONG authorities.
"...but the teen's father was unsatisfied by the school's system action.".
What does the accuser's family want out of this?posted @ Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 08:26
When he gets out will Salvation Army let him continue to stay there?posted @ Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 18:40
Thanks Joe. That's what had me confused. Is SANE still active in Clarke County? There is no mention of medical assistance to the woman.posted @ Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 14:26
I want defacing public property and blocking access to public buildings to be a violation of our city ordinances. Yes, they need to talk about real crime but those occupy clowns have no right to deface anything that my tax money paid for.
There are just so many hours in the day and I want our commissioners to spend their time making this a safe community. We never hear anything about "tough on crime" from them. In past years, commissioners campaigned on issues regarding crime. When is the last time we heard a commissioner even mention the violent crime issue in Athens?
Personally I would rather have sidewalk chalk at City Hall, than to have my home burglarized, my child robbed at gunpoint, or drugs being sold on the streetcorner. Quality of life is more important to me than politics!posted @ Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 11:17
This is ridiculous! The people wrote on the sidewalk with chalk and taped signs to the base of a statue.
Our commissioners have spent a year talking about this and I have yet to hear them talk about the overwhelming CRIME in Athens. The commissioners' priorities need to change now!
If they are going to have the Chief of Police involved in their meetings, then let him address the "real" crime in Athens. This is a complete waste of his time.posted @ Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 08:50
This statement is confusing to me.
During the assault, according to the indictment, Dorsey “did knowingly make an assault upon (the victim) with intent to rape by strangling (her) during an act of rape.”posted @ Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 08:27
Let's not blame the mother yet. The older sibling could have been 2 yrs old and most likely both children were asleep at midnight and needed to be carried to the car.posted @ Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 07:35
I totally disagree with your statement: "I was also being a bit sarcastic in trying to reach the segment of our population who frequently find themselves in these situations."
In my opinion there is just as much domestic violence in the wealthy sector as in the segment of the population you refer to. You just don't read about it in the newspaper. It is a veil of silence, the wealthy or professional women don't take their problems to the police or project safe, they take them to the courtroom by means of a divorce. With the Georgia no-fault or uncontested divorce law, it will never be on record as domestic violence.posted @ Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 21:34
"Police would not reveal what relationship Dorsey and the victim had, but the indictment indicated they were living together at the time of the alleged assault."
Why wasn't he charged with domestic/family violence since they were living together?posted @ Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 20:02
Normally I think of the word "intoxicated" to reference someone who has been affected by too much alcohol. Do you call it intoxicated when people zone out on pot, crack, meth, or pills du jour?posted @ Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 16:19
Where is the gun? Did police retrieve it from the apartment or car?posted @ Monday, May 20, 2013 - 13:20
Sotelo will probably be out of jail by the end of the day. How safe will the victim be then?posted @ Monday, May 20, 2013 - 12:14
How do we know those criminals are telling the truth?posted @ Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 17:55
I would hope that Mr. Heatons Insurance Company would be paying for all of Emily's medical bills. Surely her family is sueing them, as they should be.
According to an article in another paper, her Uncle Neil said insurance will no longer pay for Emily to stay at Sheppard because she cannot progress with their program...that is why they are having to take her home.
Hopefully she will recuperate enough to go back to Sheppard sometime in the future. In the meantime her parents are having to change their home and vehicle to accommodate her wheelchair, fully automatic hospital bed, etc.
I totally agree with you about her family filing a lawsuit but I would guess any kind of civil lawsuit would take years to process and they need these changes now.
My apologies if my posts show up in bold. I am using an iPad and never know why some posts are bold and some not. I do not click on the B symbol.posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 12:18
[quote][b]FREEDOM MATTERS[/b] -
instead of passing blame why don't you announce your plans for a fundraiser?! ...it is always so easy to say "why don't they" when it is "you who should".
[/quote] That was rather harsh when you don't know my age or physical status. Neither do you know what fundraisers I have chaired in past years. The gavel is passed.posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 08:59
@sarab: I wish I could, but past my prime at this age.
Here is what I would like to see happen in Athens: at least 50 restaurants, plus 50 bars, plus alcohol distributors and anyone else, celebrate Emily Bowman's Birthday (June ?) with a 10% of sales donation to the bank fund the family has set up.
I would also like to see UGA students promoting this throughout Athens (Eastside, Westside, and Downtown) "Eat Out for Emily's Birthday"
Emily's father has told media they will be taking her home around May 29th, about 10 days before her 20th birthday.posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 08:53
[quote][b]Hawaii Five O[/b] -
I thought he was a woman, with all those bangs hanging out of hoodie.
I thought those were bangs also, but with a closer look it looks like he has a bandana tied around his forehead.posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 07:48
What I don't understand is, why hasn't there been fundraisers for Emily HERE IN ATHENS. She was a guest in our city, why haven't bars and restaurants, bands, UGA students and Athens non-profit groups come to her aid? Maybe I just missed reading about all the help Athens citizens are giving.posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 19:42
Why doesn't William Wilson Heaton get a job in Clarke or Oconee County? Is the only person who will hire him, his grandfather? Is he too good to work for a fast food place, or he could always go to that stand where people pick up day workers...that is in Oconee County.
As for his attorney saying he cannot prepare for the case unless he lives in Bartow County, I would suggest for grandpa to pick an attorney here in town.
Emily Bowman's life has been changed forever because of this spoiled rotten brat/drunkard!posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 18:21
Off the subject: Why isn't the hearing of William Wilson Heaton posted in the Athens Banner? He wanted his ankle monitor removed.
And I bet Emily Bowman wants out of a wheelchair!
What an arrogant little [filtered word] that William Wilson Heaton is.posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 17:53
If OJ has all this money to pay attorneys, did he ever pay off the $33.5 million card to the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman?posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 11:15
Separation between religion and state is a good thing!posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 09:46
@Rita Raines: yes, I remember when I was 16. I didn't have a gun and my parents gave me a curfew when to be in at night...and I abided by their rules.
Is the boy in school or is he another dropout?posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 09:14
You have to wonder how he got from downtown to the Krystal on Lexington Rd without having a wreck or killing somebody.
What you bet he drove out Oak St...the same street where William Wilson Heaton hit Emily Bowman.posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 19:24
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