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Former teacher asks again for bond
Judges decision pending prosecution, defense response
AMY BASS JACKSON Web
Amy Bass Jackson

    Attorneys for a teacher accused of sex with a teenage student asked again Wednesday for bond.
    Amy Bass Jackson, 35, Pebblestone Court, is accused of having a sexual relationship, including intercourse, with a 14-year-old male William James Middle School student.
    The accusations also include her sending inappropriate text messages and sexually explicit photos.
    Bulloch County Superior Court Judge F. Gates Peed ordered prosecutors to file a response to the request – the second time defense attorneys requested a bond – by Friday, said Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Michael Muldrew.
    The defense will have until Tuesday to respond in writing to the prosecutor’s response.
    Jackson’s attorneys filed a motion for reconsideration Monday, following Peed’s denial of bond for Jackson last month.
    Immediately following the bond hearing in October, Bass pled “not guilty” to charges of aggravated child molestation, three counts of child molestation, statutory rape, enticing a child for indecent purposes, sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority, two counts computer or electronic child exploitation, sexual exploitation of children and six counts of furnishing harmful material to minors.
    During the original bond hearing, Muldrew argued that the gravity of Jackson’s charges, the possibility of a maximum sentence of life in prison and the fact that she was placed on suicide watch in the Bulloch County Jail were reasons to deny bond.
    Jackson’s attorneys Simms Lanier and Lovett Bennett Jr. countered with the fact that Jackson has family in Bulloch County, cooperated during the investigation and has numerous supporters who vouched for her stability.
    After hearing from both the prosecution and defense, Peed denied bond with an agreement that the bond issue would be reviewed again after psychological and other evaluations were made.
    According to the motion filed Monday, Jackson has undergone psychological evaluations and the results were made available to the court. The motion states Jackson is “qualified to have a reasonable bond set” and that she would be a “good risk on bond.”
    During testimony at the October bond hearing, Bulloch County Sheriff’s chief investigator Capt. Todd said phone records for Jackson’s cell phone as well as the 14-year-old victim’s cell phone showed phone messages, texts, and photographs that proved Jackson had inappropriate sexual contact including intercourse with the
teen.
     Those messages gave evidence that Jackson planned a sexual encounter with the teen victim for July 12 to go to a motel.
    Instead, however, she ended up visiting his home when his parents were away, under pretense of her taking him to lunch with her children, ages five and seven.
    What happened, Hutchens said, was Jackson talked the teen into having sex in his own home in spite of text messages expressing his worry that a neighbor would see her car and he would be unable to  complete chores he had been given.
    During the October bond hearing, Muldrew said he had never seen a case with “charges of this nature” have a bond set for the accused. The nature of the charges as well as the fact that Jackson faces between 25 years
minimum or life plus 120 years maximum if convicted of those charges, would indicate she would be a flight risk, he said.
   
       Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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