Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
November 24, 2004
Albany- Pleading guilty to sex with a 17-year old student, Carla Murray lost her teacher's certification and will be a registered sex offender.
But child advocates say there are more victims who were never interviewed by police, so the investigation is incomplete.
"And we are calling upon the district attorney to do a thorough investigation and make sure any other victims that are out there of this Carla Murray are looked into and looked after because they deserve the same kind of protection as anybody else," said Rita Ellis, associate executive editor of Open Arms.
Executive Director Beth McKenzie and Ellis claim the bigger problem is school board attorney Tommy Coleman. They say he didn't follow protocol by calling DFACS when the situation with Murray was discovered and he got involved in the investigation.
"Because of that he has contaminated the entire criminal case," Ellis said.
They say this isn't the first time.
"We suspect and we know from past history that there have been cases in Dougherty County School System where teachers are allowed to resign who have been alleged sexual abusers of students in schools."
We were not able to get in touch with school board attorney Tommy Coleman this evening. But district attorney Ken Hodges says a GBI investigation soon to be released shows the school system didn't do anything wrong. He also says the plea was agreed to because the relationship between the student and Murray was consensual and in the criminal justice system a 17-year-old is an adult.
"What kind of message are we sending. That it's ok. That just because he's 17 that it's ok to have sex with your teacher. It's not."
Now they are speaking out about a problem they say they've been fighting since 2000.
"If they follow protocol, they're protecting themselves, they're protecting the children in the schools," Ellis said.
Protecting children from sexual predators who rarely have only one victim.