A former Altama Elementary School teacher and a daycare center operator pleaded guilty in Glynn County Superior Court this week to charges relating to child molestation.
William Carlton Lewis, 28, and Josie Ashlia Taylor, 37, made their pleas and received their sentences in a 2015 child molestation case as the matter wrapped up over Friday and Monday. Both pleas occurred under new cases brought separately for what they were originally indicted.
Lewis pleaded to two counts of sexual battery against a child under 16, but under the first-offender statute, received two concurrent five-year probation sentences and a $1,500 fine. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
Glynn County police arrested Lewis on Aug. 4, 2015, following an investigation by GCPD and the Glynn County schools police into his interactions with two boys, aged 9 and 10. Lewis was a first-grade teacher at Altama Elementary School at the time, but the crimes did not occur on school property.
Lewis originally faced two counts of child molestation and one count of sexual battery against a child under 16.
Taylor pleaded to failure to report suspected child abuse, operating an early care and education program without a license and obstruction of an officer. She received two consecutive one-year probation sentences and fines totaling $1,500.
Taylor was originally charged with three counts of making a false statements and one count each of tampering with evidence, failure to report suspected child abuse and operating an early care and education program without a license.
In a separate matter on Wednesday, Detawn Hardy pleaded guilty to sale of marijuana on a first-offender basis and received 90 days confinement, 10 years probation and a $1,500 fine.
He had been up on a lengthy number of alleged crimes — not only the charge to which he pleaded, but two other counts of sale of marijuana, five counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, four counts of possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, three counts of illegal use of a communication facility and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance.
Hardy, 20, was allowed to remain out on bond until Monday, when he is to turn himself in to the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office.