The owner of an Appling catering business was ordered to spend two days in jail each week for the next two years after being convicted of inappropriate conduct with a teenage boy who worked for him.
Arthur Randall Cliett, 56, of White Oak Road, Appling, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of disorderly conduct. Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. sentenced Cliett to two years probation, consecutive to each other, as well as the jail time. In addition, Cliett is not allowed to hire anyone under 21 for his business, Wisteria Hill Plantation.
Through his business, Cliett offers “a wide range of hospitality services including wedding and event planning, catering and fun events with rides, inflatables and interactive games,” according to the website.
The victim had been an employee for about six months when Cliett made sexual advances. In court Friday, the teenage victim told the judge what happened last year, when he was 17.
The teen explained that he had gone to dinner at Las Lomas Mexican Restaurant with his boss on a Sunday and had drank two beers that were purchased for him.
Then the two headed back to Cliett’s house. On the way there, the teen said Cliett touched him. At the house, Cliett gave the victim more alcohol.
When the teen emerged from the bathroom, Cliett was in his bedroom and made sexual advances to the boy, pinning him on the bed and kissing him.
The boy was intoxicated and couldn’t figure out how to leave the bedroom since Cliett had locked the door. Cliett had to unlock the door to let him out.
The boy told the judge that Cliett had been like a grandfather to him and he had looked up to him before the incident.
Cliett’s attorney, Jason Troiano, declined comment on the case last week.
Michael Bame, 41, of Augusta, was arrested Sunday for allegedly calling 911 and reporting that shots had been fired at his car. The caller claimed to be “Mr. Woods” and told officers to come to Dover Street, according to an incident report. A deputy rushed to the area, where several neighbors said they had not heard any gunfire. The deputy eventually found Bame on the 3200 block of Deans Bridge Road, where the man admitting making the false report. He remains in jail this morning under no bond, charged with filing a false report of a crime.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a stabbing that occurred last night at 320 Old Friar Road in Aiken. Shanna Ard, 27, told investigators she was asleep in the bed when her father Donnie Odom Jr. woke her and demanded Shanna go to a relative’s house to get him some prescription medication. When she refused, the suspect stabbed her five times before fleeing the home. Deputies found the suspect’s vehicle wrecked a short distance away, and the suspect was caught a half-mile from the vehicle. Odom, 46, will be charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The victim was transported to MCG and has since been treated and released.
Collins Elementary secretary Tiffiny Robinson surrendered Wednesday afternoon on charges of having sex with a 15-year-old student at her school.
Warrants accuse the 28-year-old woman of having sex with a 15-year-old student on New Year’s Day at a residence on Rasha Drive in Augusta. In addition, the arrest warrant says that on Saturday night, two days before Valentine’s Day, Robinson picked up the boy from home and “carried him to the Marriott Hotel wherein she booked a room and once inside of the room did engage in sexual intercourse” with the boy.
Robinson is being held without bond on charges of sexual assault and enticing a child for indecent purposes. The case was investigated by the Richmond County School’s Public Safety Department.
Robinson has a previous arrest in her past, a 2004 shoplifting conviction.
David Dawkins, paroled just three weeks ago, was shot and killed Thursday morning by Richmond County Deputy Bill Walker in the parking lot of Bransford Town Homes.
Sheriff Ronnie Strength said the officer stopped a vehicle that was reported stolen. Walker fired after the 24-year-old driver fought with him and then pulled a gun.
The investigation has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and Walker has been placed on administrative duty, the sheriff said.
Dawkins was paroled Jan. 23 after serving just 17 months of a 5-year sentence for felony theft, according to prison records. He had also served an earlier prison term for car break-ins.
Augusta teen Lonnie Moore Jr. went from “visitor” to “inmate” at the Richmond County Jail on Saturday after a deputy caught him slipping marijuana under a counter during visitation, authorities said.
The 19 year old gave himself away when he put the drugs under a counter and then moved seats to continue his visit with half-brother Gregory Humphrey.
Confronted with a plastic bag holding 10 grams of marijuana and another with 30 grams of tobacco, Moore admitted bringing the contraband and said Humphrey had called him and asked him to deliver it there. The teen said Humphrey was going to retrieve the drugs later.
Moore was charged with crossing guard lines with prohibited substances. Humphrey is awaiting trial on multiple armed robberies.
Ex-Commissioner Scott Dean didn’t spend much time in jail today after being charged with two counts of child molestation. He was booked around 5:30 a.m. and then appeared before a judge at 10 a.m. when they set his bond at $50,000. He has since been released.
Wearing jeans and a pink dress shirt with no tie, Dean appeared in court with wife Renee and was ordered to surrender his passport and stay away from anyone younger than 18 other than his sons. The judge also ordered him not to leave the area.
He’s accused of performing immoral and indecent acts with a child under the age of 16. The incidents allegedly occurred between September 1, 2008 and October 1, 2010.
In December, a police investigation of Dean was concluded and the sheriff’s office forwarded their findings to the District Attorney’s office.
In October, four of Dean’s five adopted children were taken from the home of Scott and Renee Dean by DFACS employees. A sheriff’s report said that DFACS had provided a report that the fifth, 17-year-old Lilly Dean, had run away and that “there were text messages alluding to inappropriate behavior in the household.”
The children were eventually allowed to return, but Mr. Dean was required to live somewhere else during the investigation. He lated said he was granted visitation during the holidays.
Lilly Dean was later found in Mexico. In November, she posted a Facebook message defending her father.
On Oct. 29, the commissioner released a statement blasting the rumors following the search for Lilly.
“Since that time allegations, insinuations and lies were leaked to the media. These leaks have caused irreparable harm to our family,” he stated. “My wife and I are outraged at the total lack of respect for our privacy. These accusations are completely false, and we will be totally vindicated.”
Columbia County voters re-elected Dean last year to the District 4 commission seat. He ran unopposed in the general election.
Authorities have charged 14-year-old Aaron Schmidt with murder in Monday’s shooting death of his friend and neighbor, 14-year-old Alana Calahan, on Miles Road.
Without discussing specifics, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the girl got home from Harlem Middle School and was at her computer when she was shot in the neck. She was found several yards away from her home in a wooded area, and the gun was later found on the property in a wooded area.
Morris said the gun was property of the girl’s family. Schmidt is being charged as an adult but is being held in the Regional Youth Detention Center on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Here’s the man that caused so much trouble for officers at Barton Village on Monday before he was found hiding in a stranger’s attic. Fredrick Hall, 23, is charged with aggravated assault on a public official following Monday’s gunfight in Barton Village. Authorities say an investigator stumbled upon Hall and decided to pat him down because he was acting suspiciously. That’s when the man started fighting with the investigator as a deputy arrived to back the investigator up. During the struggle, the man pulled a handgun from his waistband and broke free from officers. The man fled on foot, but at one point turned and pointed the gun at officers. One officer fired several times at the subject, who then turned and ran again. Hall was later found hiding in an attic on Brussels Street. Hall was taken into custody without further incident and was not injured. Hall was charged with aggravated assault on a public official x2, felony obstruction and weapon possession.
A two-week meth investigation ended in the arrest of a Graniteville man and the removal of three children from his home, authorities said. Investigators went undercover and purchased meth from the suspect’s home at 37 Sudlow Lake Road in Graniteville, according to sheriff’s Lt. Troy Elwell. Richard White, 39, was booked on a long list of charges that include possession and distribution of meth, six counts of unlawful conduct toward a child and six counts of unlawful manufacture of meth in the presence of a minor. The three minors were placed with DSS.