Child sex predator receives two life sentences to be served consecutively

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office on Thursday obtained a conviction against David Scott Batchelor, who stood accused of the long-term heinous sexual abuse of a daughter. The four-day trial was held in Upson County, and was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Marie Broder and Assistant District Attorney Ashton Fallin. […]

Child sex predator sentenced to life plus 75 years

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Convicted child sex predator Antorio Parker has been sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison. According to the Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, Parker was on Tuesday sentenced by Senior Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards to serve life plus 40 years in prison for crimes committed against […]

Local teacher arrested on multiple felony child sexual assault charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Stephen Chapman, age 51, of Griffin, was arrested Friday, Aug. 14, at Griffin High School where he taught math and coached the tennis team. Chapman was arrested on five felony charges including of aggravated rape, aggravated sodomy, incest, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation. Authorities say the crimes have been […]

Rape suspect apprehended

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has apprehended a suspect being sought in connection to a Sunday afternoon rape on D.F. Fuller Drive. According to Lt. Mike Richardson, of the GPD Criminal Investigation Division, Octavious Russell, of Griffin, has been arrested and charged with rape, aggravated sodomy and burglary. Investigators were on Sunday called […]

Griffin PD investigating violent rape

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating a Sunday afternoon rape that authorities say took place with a child present in the home. Lt. Mike Richardson, of the GPD Criminal Investigation Division, said the incident occurred between 3 and 4 p.m. on D.F. Fuller Drive. “An unknown black male entered her (the […]