A man charged with having sex with a fifteen year old girl during a "Read Night" at Smithville Elementary in March received a two year sentence for statutory rape Wednesday in DeKalb County Criminal Court.
Judge David Patterson presided.
25 year old Roel Celaya Sosa pleaded by information to the offense. He must also register with the state as a sexual offender. Sosa has been given credit for time served
Detective Matt Holmes of the Smithville Police Department, who investigated the case, told WJLE that on the night of the offense, March 7, the fifteen year old girl was at the school to look after her younger brother who was participating in"Read Night", a teacher supervised program where parents and students come to school after hours and read together. The mother of these two children had apparently dropped them off at the school and then returned later to pick them up.
After arriving at the school that night, the fifteen year old met up with Sosa and they separated themselves from others in the building. The sexual encounter allegedly took place in an unoccupied classroom. According to Detective Holmes, a custodian later saw Sosa and the victim standing in the hallway and told them they were not supposed to be there.
The next day, Detective Holmes said the custodian informed Principal Dr. Bill Tanner of the incident and he contacted the victim's mother. She then reported it to School Resource Officer Kenneth Whitehead, who contacted the Department of Children Services and Detective Holmes.
45 year old Mark Goodson pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a three year sentence to serve 30% before his release eligibility date. He was fined $2,000. The sentence is to run concurrently with a violation of probation against him in another case. Goodson was given jail credit of 32 days
Goodson was charged in a seal indictment as the result of an undercover drug investigation by the Smithville Police Department. According to Detective Matt Holmes, a confidential source purchased two dilaudid pills from Goodson on March 4 at a location within one thousand feet of Smithville Elementary School.
28 year old Courtney A. Paris pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance for resale to run concurrently. She received a four year sentence with one year on community corrections and the remaining three years on state probation. Paris was fined $2,000.
On Thursday, August 26th, 2010 K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow arrested Paris for possession of drug paraphernalia. The Smithville Police Department was assisting probation officers on a home visit at a local motel where Ms. Paris gave them consent to search. In a bathroom drawer, police recovered two used hypodermic needles and four cut straws containing residue. Warrants were taken Friday, September 3rd, 2010 against Paris for the drugs found in the room. Upon serving the warrants, Detective Matt Holmes, Corporal Travis Bryant and Officer David Phillips searched Ms. Paris' apartment and recovered drug paraphernalia and a schedule III drug.
31 year old Nena R. Chapman, charged with theft over $10,000, was granted pre-trial diversion probation for three years under a memorandum of understanding. She must make restitution to the victim in the amount of $3,758 and perform 40 hours of community service work.
Chapman was a co-defendant in the case with 30 year old Joseph Daniel Richardson.
Sheriff Patrick Ray told WJLE that on Monday, April 4th Richardson allegedly entered a residence on Dry Creek Road with the intent to commit a theft. Richardson apparently made entry by pushing on the locked back door with his shoulder. Items taken were twenty five dollar gold pieces on a chain, two and a half dollar gold pieces on a chain, five dollar gold pieces on a chain, approximately one hundred fifty pieces of miscellaneous items, a medicine organizer, and a quilt. All items were valued at $15,070 dollars. Chapman allegedly took some of the jewelry and sold it at a local business.
In May, Richardson pleaded guilty by information to one count of aggravated burglary and one count of theft over $10,000. He received a three year sentence in each case, all suspended to supervised probation except for 180 days to serve. The sentences are to run concurrently with each other and concurrent with a violation of probation case against him. He was given jail credit from April 5th to May 20th.
45 year old Sean William Cavanaugh pleaded by information to a first offense of driving under the influence. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended except for 48 hours to serve and then he will be on supervised probation. Cavanaugh was fined $365 and he will lose his license for one year.
Sheriff Ray reports that on Saturday, June 25 a deputy was called by another officer working a wreck on Sparta Highway to check on a possible intoxicated driver in the area. The officer made contact with the driver, Cavanaugh and detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. Cavanaugh submitted to several field sobriety tasks and performed poorly on them. He refused to submit to a blood alcohol test.
32 year old Bradley H. Pugh pleaded by information to initiation of a process to manufacture meth. He received an eight year sentence, suspended to probation. He was fined $2,000. Pugh will enter spring 2 life for intensive long term rehab. He was given jail credit of 37 days.
Sheriff Ray said that on October 10 a deputy was called to check out a vehicle parked on the side of Seven Springs Road. When he arrived, the officer found Pugh, unconscious behind the steering wheel. After waking up Pugh, the deputy obtained from him consent to search and found coffee filters and batteries inside the vehicle. In the back of the truck, the officer found a plastic tote and two bags containing chemical products that were altered for the manufacture of methamphetamine. A prescription bottle bearing Pugh's name was found in the bag with the chemicals. The deputy also discovered a loaded handgun on the drivers side of the truck.
29 year old Bradley S. Redmon pleaded guilty to assault. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days and was given credit for 247 days of time served.