A second male has been charged with molesting a 13-year-old girl whose mother has been charged with lying about the girl's age, police said.
Dustin Keith Hodges, 17, of Joiner Road in Brooklet, was taken to the Bulloch County Jail on Tuesday afternoon on charges of child molestation and statutory rape. He was later released but faces further proceedings on those charges.
Statesboro police Cpl. Justin Samples said Hodges is charged with molesting the same girl as Anda Deck Farley Jr., 20, of Wildwood Villas. Farley was charged Nov. 29 with child molestation and statutory rape. He was being held in the jail without bond.
The girl's mother, Betty Ann Law, 49, of Wildwood Villas, was charged Dec. 3 with contributing to the delinquency, unruliness or deprivation of a child. She was taken to jail but later released on a $2,000 bond.
A police incident report states Law told Farley that her daughter was 16, which is the age of consent in Georgia, even though the girl really is 13.
The range of time the police report gives for Law's alleged actions is between 12:01 a.m. Nov. 10 and 9:50 a.m. Nov. 22. The range given on another police incident report for Farley's alleged actions is between 8 a.m. Nov. 28 and 1 p.m. Nov. 29 at an undisclosed residence. That report also indicates that Farley and the girl know each other.
An incident report on Hodges had not been released as of Wednesday afternoon.
Georgia law defines statutory rape as the following: "A person commits the offense of statutory rape when he or she engages in sexual intercourse with any person under the age of 16 years and not his or her spouse, provided that no conviction shall be had for this offense on the unsupported testimony of the victim."
A conviction for a person under 21 carries a sentence of one to 20 years; for a person over 21, it is 10 to 20 years, according to the law.